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Joey Covington - 1999

Joey Covington, drummer for such 60's bands as Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in a car accident in Palm Springs, California. He was 67.

Covington was a self-taught drummer who began playing the drums at age 10.

Joey Covington helped found the blues-rock group, Hot Tuna, a side-project for Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Paul Kantner, in 1969. Covington went on to work with Jefferson Airplane that same year, playing percussion on the band's Volunteers album. In 1970, Covington took over the full-time drum chair with Jefferson Airplane when the previous drummer, Spencer Dryden, left the group.

Covington later played on Jefferson Airplane albums, Bark (1971), on which he co-wrote "Pretty as You Feel," and Long John Silver (1972) ... although he quit halfway through the album's recording sessions. In 1976, he co-wrote Jefferson Starship's "With Your Love," a single that peaked at No. 12 on the charts.

According to police, on June 4, 2013, Covington crashed his Honda Civic into a retaining wall at the curve in the road; he was not wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The drummer, percussionist, singer, songwriter, and producer's last performance was on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at a birthday concert for Marilyn Monroe's 87th birthday.