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Though best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane, Electric Hot Tuna, and Jefferson Starship, Joey (born Joseph Michno) had a long career starting at age 10 as a self taught drummer/percussionist. Recording on over 22 albums, 16 went gold and platinum. Along his musical journey he became a record producer and an award winning songwriter.
Joey became a professional drummer at age 10, starting in polka bands, backing up strippers in strip clubs, rock bands, and any situation to gain experience in his hometown Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
In the early to mid-’60s, he was playing with bands that opened shows for the Rolling Stones, Dave Clark 5, Shangri’ La’s, Lee Dorsey (“Working In A Coal Mine”), Lou Christie, Chad and Jeremy, Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliner’s, and a stint playing drums backing up Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars featuring acts such as The Supremes.
Joey headed west to Los Angeles late1966. He was quickly discovered and produced by famed producer/songwriter Kim Fowley as a singing drummer. The single released was a cover of the Who’s “Boris The Spider with “I’ll Do Better Next Time” on the B side ( first song Joey ever wrote). He co-formed several bands in Los Angeles during that period. Tsong with Mickey Rooney Jr., and a yet to be named band with violinist John Creach who he met at the L.A. Musician’s Union and affectionately renamed him Papa John. Also rehearsing with them were Jimmy Greenspoon, and Joe Shermie. Papa John later was brought in by Joey to Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship and went on to have a long solo recording career. Jimmy & Joe went on to become members of Three Dog Night.
Joey was brought to San Francisco mid 1968 by Airplane founder Marty Balin. A member of Jefferson Airplane, Joey at first co-formed Hot Tuna with Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady in late 1968 with Hot Tuna opening shows for the Airplane. In early 1969 Joey was playing in both Hot Tuna and augmenting, then ultimately replacing Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden. His first recording with the Airplane was the classic 1969 album Volunteers, appeared on the group’s final albums, co- writing and lead singing “Pretty As You Feel” the last hit song for Jefferson Airplane, on the Bark Album, also contributing the song “Thunk”. He also appeared on the other band members solo album projects, participating at the beginning of what would become Jefferson Starship, Paul Kantner’s Blows Against The Empire. Also co- writing “Mau Mau Amerikon” for that album. Joey also appeared on the solo projects Sunfighter, Papa John Creach, and Peter Kaukonen’s Black Kangaroo.
Joey left Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship, & Jefferson Airplane by mid 1972 to record his solo album Fat Fandango for Jefferson Airplane’s record label Grunt Records. The single “Your Heart Is My Heart” and the album was released worldwide resulting in respectable album sales for a first solo release and critical acclaim in Europe. Never quite leaving the Airplane family, he co-wrote the award winning and multi platinum hit in 1976 for Jefferson Starship, “With Your Love” wrote Papa John Creach’s only top 40 hit “Janitor Drivers A Cadillac”.
Joey remained musically active throughout his life; 1970′s through the 1980′s he formed San Francisco All Stars and toured the U.S. along with touring with Quicksilver Messenger Service. 1989 through the 2000′s brought Joey back down to Los Angeles where he recorded and toured with various All Star Line Ups, including Bo Diddley. Joey did a lot of session work and started producing as well. Not known to have the patience to teach drums to others, Joey did take on one drum student as a favor. Angie Voight, now known as Angelina Jolie, who Joey said had the makings to become a great drummer had she not chosen to put all her energy into acting.
All throughout his career he gave back to humanity by making numerous appearances performing for charity.
A “time out” to Palm Springs, California in 2010 turned out to be 3 years. Just as Joey and his wife Lauren were packing up to move back to Los Angeles, on June 4, 2013 while driving home he lost control of his car and suffered a fatal accident. Initial Police statements to the media that he wasn’t wearing a seat belt is now under controversy as photos of the seat belt show the indentation marks made by the car’s airbag when it deployed, all supported by contradictions between the police and coroner reports.
Joey was a colorful outgoing personality, leaving more than a lasting impression on many. Surviving him are wife Lauren, stepsons Sean and Peter Stogel, sisters Sandy, Patti, and Angie, and brother Jimmy Michno. He will be sorely missed by those that loved him, his friends and his fans.
Official Website www.joeycovington.com