Paul Kantner, founding member of both The Jefferson Airplane and The Jefferson Starship, passed away yesterday at the age of 74. Kantner had suffered a heart attack a few days earlier.
Kantner's health had begun to decline last year following a heart attack although he recovered sufficiently to rejoin Jefferson Starship on tour. He had survived two earlier brushes with death - a motorcycle accident in the 1960's and a cerebral hemorrhage in 1980, but it was not to be this time around.
Kantner played rhythm guitar and occasionally contributed vocals and songs to both groups. He co-wrote "Volunteers" with Marty Balin, a song that would have a prominent place during their set at Woodstock. Kantner also co-wrote "Wooden Ships" with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. While primarily known as a CSN song, Jefferson Airplane also recorded a version which you hear in the video above.