Jefferson Airplane Drummer Joey Covington Killed in Car Crash

Jefferson Airplane Drummer Joey Covington Killed in Car Crash
Joey Covington, who is best known as a drummer for psychedelic pioneers Jefferson Airplane, died on Tuesday (June 4) following a car accident in Palm Springs, FL. He was 67.

According to a report from the local KESQ, Covington was not wearing a seatbelt when his sedan hit a wall on Tuesday afternoon around 5 p.m. local time. Attempts to revive him were not successful and he was declared dead at the scene.

A witness commented, "Heard no screech marks, no braking. It was quite surprising."

Over on the Jefferson Starship Facebook page, the band simply wrote, "Rest in peace, Joey."

Covington, who was born Joseph Edward Covington, got his start in the late '60s by playing with the bluesy Jefferson Airplane side-project Hot Tuna. This led to him later joining Jefferson Airplane and playing on a few on their albums. He sung lead on "Pretty as You Feel," a song from 1971's Bark that was the band's final single to crack the Hot 100.

After leaving the band in 1972 (shortly before they went on hiatus), he released solo material and later played with Jefferson Starship, with whom he co-wrote the 1976 hit "With Your Love." He later performed with the the San Francisco Allstars.