Bill Thompson has been the manager of Jefferson Airplane since 1968, as well as the manager of Jefferson Starship. Bill also managed Hot Tuna; as well as every iteration of the bands: Starship, Papa John Creach and the solo projects for Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and Jorma Kaukonen. He was instrumental in making the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship bands among the top ten most successful acts in history, receiving twenty gold records. According to the RIAA this prestigious position is shared with Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and Frank Sinatra. The Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and Bill and the band members were recently featured on VH1 ‘s Behind the Music: The Jefferson Airplane Story. Bill Thompson was the manager of the Jefferson Airplane during Woodstock and Altamont.
Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship had top ten songs and albums in the 60s, 70s, and 8Os. Some of their most famous songs are Somebody to Love, White Rabbit, Volunteers, Comin’ Back to Me, Embryonic Journey and many others. Jefferson Starship’s big hits were Miracles, Count on Me, Jane, Find Your Way Back, We Built This City, Sara, and Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.
Still administrator for the catalog and various publishing interests for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship; Bill has been in charge of placing many of the Airplane songs in movies; including “Coming Home”, “Platoon”, “Forrest Gump”, “Cocktail”, “Apollo 13″, and many others. Songs have also been placed in numerous television shows including the 60s miniseries on NBC, The Simpson’s, and The Sopranos. He also managed the legendary band Hot Tuna for their entire recording career on RCA, and continues to work with them on re-releases.
Bill Thompson has sold more records for RCA than any other manager in their history, except for Colonel Parker, who managed Elvis Presley.
Bill Thompson managed Bill Champlin, leader of the San Francisco band Sons of Champlin, and performer with the band Chicago. Champlin put out an album in Japan and received a gold medal at the prestigious Tokyo Music Festival in 1992.
Bill has been a consultant for Polygram Records, MCA Records Relativity Records, The Box, Nocturne Productions and Island Records. In the mid 90s Bill booked concerts in the Far East, featuring Santana, Foreigner, Tower of Power, Mr. Big, Dave Koz, and numerous other jazz artists. He has worked on projects for Steve Miller, Elton John, and Glen Frey. Bill also managed Neil Schon, the legendary guitar player for Journey.