1966


February – Following the release of its debut single, It’s No Secret, in January, the band plays at the Fillmore Auditorium on a bill with Big Brother & the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Grass Roots and the Great Society. Throughout the year, the band will play the Fillmore over 10 times, sharing the bill on most of those occasions with either the Grateful Dead or Paul Butterfield.

May – Spence parts with the band and heads to Mexico, before returning to the Bay Area to form Moby Grape. His replacement is jazz-schooled drummer Spencer Dryden, who is currently drumming with the Ashes (who later evolved to become the Peanut Butter Conspiracy).

June – The group takes part in the “KFRC Presents The Beach Boys Summer Spectacular” at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, sharing the bill with the Beach Boys, Lovin’ Spoonful, Chad & Jeremy, Percy Sledge, The Byrds and Sir Douglas Quintet, among others. It was there that a group of fans handed out bumper stickers and buttons that read, “Jefferson Airplane Loves You”.

August – Just prior to the release of its debut album, the band fires manager Katz, replacing him with the interim Bill Thompson.

September – The band appears at the “Monterey Jazz Festival”, Monterey, CA, the first rock group to do so.

October – Anderson, unable to cope with the demands of being a new mother and playing in a band, makes her final appearance with the Airplane at a 3-day stint at the Fillmore Auditorium.

Slick makes her debut with the group, bringing with her two songs she has performed with the Great Society, White Rabbit and Somebody to Love.

November – A Press party is held for the band at the Whisky a Go-Go, Hollywood, CA.