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Passing of Joey Covington

Postby Adam Walker on Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:08 pm

We were very sad of the passing of Joey Covington, drummer for Jefferson Airplane this past Tuesday. He was an early collaborator with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, helping found Hot Tuna before taking on the full time gig as JA's drummer in 1970. He was a lifelong musician, playing one of many free gigs in his community of Palm Springs as recently as June 1 this year.

Here are links to a couple of the news stories from around the country regarding Joey's passing

http://www.kesq.com/kesq/deadly-crash-i ... index.html

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/ ... -car-crash

We here at JeffersonAirplane.com mourn his loss to the music world, and we invite you to celebrate his life with your memories and tributes here.
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby brumus on Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:24 pm

Sorry to hear this. Not a very pleasant way to go.

It was hard to fill Spencer's shoes in JA but Joey had his moments. Notable for his strength rather than subtlety, he helped move JA's sound more into rock n roll, being that his influences appeared to not to come from an outside source, like jazz as Spencer's did, but directly from rock. He sounded like your typical rock drummer of the day and a very good one at that and that's what Airplane wanted at the time I guess.

I first saw or heard him when he played with the first electric Hot Tuna band. They opened for JA, Marty was the singer with HT then. He had a very tight rhythmic style like in the song Emergency. Really locked in with Casady, almost like a James Brown rhythm section.

His collaboration with Kantner's solo work brought some interesting stuff, notably Silver Spoon, Sunfighter (song) that pounding intro at the beginning of that song was and still is astounding.

The best way to pay homage to a musician is to play their music. Time to put on Bark; Pretty As You Feel, Feel So Good, Law Man, etc.
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby psychy on Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:35 am

RIP Joey.....you are not forgotten, man :cry: :cry:
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby yackery on Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:54 pm

I got word on June 7 when Jorma announced his dedication of the Atlanta acoustic show to Joey during the encore, "Death Don't Have No Mercy".
I'm very glad to have heard Jack for the first time having heard Jorma and Barry in Solana Beach in February.
Those three make magic happen. 8)
Sorry for your loss. :cry:
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby JoeD80 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:51 pm

brumus wrote:I first saw or heard him when he played with the first electric Hot Tuna band. They opened for JA, Marty was the singer with HT then. He had a very tight rhythmic style like in the song Emergency. Really locked in with Casady, almost like a James Brown rhythm section.

Finally found some bootlegs of this version of Tuna. Very fun stuff. Lot of improv long-form stuff in there. I like it a lot.

brumus wrote:His collaboration with Kantner's solo work brought some interesting stuff, notably Silver Spoon, Sunfighter (song) that pounding intro at the beginning of that song was and still is astounding.

Just want to point out that Grace is the one who wrote 'Silver Spoon'
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby brumus on Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:48 pm

JoeD80 wrote:Finally found some bootlegs of this version of Tuna. Very fun stuff. Lot of improv long-form stuff in there. I like it a lot.


They recorded an album down in Jamaica but it was never released. Maybe one of these days. I used to have some of the bootlegs, now buried away somewhere. Up Or Down and Emergency were supposed to be on Bark but were part of HT repertoire then. I love the version of Up Or Down on Early Flight. Marty sounds drunk and despondent which is what the song calls for. Him and Jorma were like the battle of the Titans on stage.

JoeD80 wrote: Just want to point out that Grace is the one who wrote 'Silver Spoon'


That is correct but I never said Joey wrote it. He did play drums on it though. My fave part on that song with Joey is when Grace sings; "Scarlet juices oozing slow boiling in a human sea." (what an image!) Joey's drums break up the rhythm nicely then right after Grace says "sea" he goes; boomboom boom bap! I love it. Very simple but perfect.

He wasn't as good as Spencer but he did alright.
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby JoeD80 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:08 pm

brumus wrote:
JoeD80 wrote: Just want to point out that Grace is the one who wrote 'Silver Spoon'


That is correct but I never said Joey wrote it.

I just meant that it wasn't Kantner's.
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby Adam Walker on Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:22 pm

The concert is planned for August 31 and is the production of David Ross of Ross Management and Productions in conjunction with ATM Productions.

Memorial Concert Links:

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQt8U37p ... e=youtu.be
- http://www.examiner.com/article/joey-co ... -worldwide
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby Adam Walker on Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:46 am

Thanks to Lauren for updating Joey's Bio:

Joey Covington
Text copyright 2013 Jehrico Rose, Inc. / Lauren Taines

6/27/1945- 6/4/2013

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
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby Adam Walker on Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:06 am

Drummer Alvin Taylor (Little Richard, George Harrison, Elton John) has put together a concert Sat. Aug. 31, 2013 8pm PST. featuring an All Star Line up of players from groups such as Buddy Miles Express, Bad Company, Greg Allman Band and many more to honor the life of his friend Joey Covington.

The concert is being Live Streamed Worldwide so those not able to attend the Live show can buy tickets to see the show via the internet.

http://thornzandnailz.com/michaelzmedia ... lcome.html
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Re: Passing of Joey Covington

Postby brumus on Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:26 pm

[quote="Adam Walker"] Lauren Taines: Joey was brought to San Francisco mid 1968 by Airplane founder Marty Balin. [/quote]


I never realized Joey joined that early on. Is that date correct? I thought Joey was originally signed on as a drummer for Jorma and Jack's spin off activity and Hot Tuna didn't get started till early 69. Was JA considering replacing Spencer as early as 68?

Grace and Spencer were still in a relationship in 68 I believe and therefore were considered a faction of the band that wielded a degree of power that the others resented (so I read). By early 69 their relationship was pretty much over and thereby Spencer's leverage in the band was also. It's at this point they brought Joey in I thought.

I don't know. It kind of surprises me they were actually thinking of dumping Spencer that early when they were at their peak.
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