Onetime Jefferson Starship drummer John Barbata was born on April 1st, 1945. He left the band just before they recorded “Jane.” He’d previously been a member of both Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Turtles.Jefferson Starship: “Jane”.  He left then they lost both lead singers Grace Slick and Marty Balin.  They were replaced with Mickey Thomas. John Barbata was replaced with ex-Journey stickman Aynsley Dunbar Guitarist Craig Chaquico along with David Freiberg, Paul Kantner and Jim McPherson wrote the song Jane and credits that with saving the band.  It peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100!

 

“That was the first song we came out with after we lost Marty [Balin]and Grace [Slick] and our drummer. The record company is kind of looking at us like, ‘Wait a minute. We signed this band and now they don’t have their lead singers and their drummer. What do we really have here?’ So we got Mickey [Thomas], and I co-wrote that song with David [Freiberg] and Paul [Kantner] and this lyricist that used to work for the Grateful Dead and stuff. It was a real departure for us, because it wasn’t ‘Miracles.’ It was way on the other side of ‘Miracles.’ And I’m so happy it got the response that it did.”

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