Marty Balin, one of the legendary vocalists of the Jefferson Airplane, passed away at the age of 76 last Thursday (27). The information was confirmed to Rolling Stone by a representative of the musician. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Balin was one of the founders of the band, which emerged in 1965 and was one of the largest groups of psychedelic rock.
The musician left the band for the first time in 1971, returned later in the meetings of 1989 and 1996.
Still in the 1970s, Marty formed the Jefferson Starship with Paul Kantner, his colleague of Jefferson Airplane. The group managed to score some hits like “Miracles” and it continues in the active until today – Balin left the band in 2008.
Balin was born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Catherine Eugenia “Jean” (née Talbot) and Joseph Buchwald. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Eastern Europe. His father was Jewish and his mother was Episcopalian. Buchwald attended Washington High School in San Francisco, California.
Balin had also enjoyed painting all his life. He painted many of the most influential musicians of the last half of the 20th century. Marty Balin’s Atelier is located at 130 King Fine Art in Saint Augustine, Florida, Balin’s permanent signature collection gallery.
Balin resided in Florida and San Francisco with his wife, Susan Joy Balin, formerly Susan Joy Finkelstein. Together they had Balin’s daughters Jennifer Edwards and Delaney Balin, and Susan’s daughters Rebekah Geier and Moriah Geier.
Jennifer was born later in the year of his 1963 marriage to Victoria Martin. Balin married Karen Deal, Delaney’s mother, in 1989. Karen died in 2010.
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