E’ morto in un terribile incidente stradale a Palm Springs all’età di 67 anni Joseph “Joey” Edward Covington, batterista che lega il suo nome alla leggenda Jefferson Airplane (dal 1970 al 1972), oltre che alle correlazioni Hot Tuna e Jefferson Starship e ancora prima ai Pacific Gas & Electric. “Covington crashed his Honda Civic into a retaining wall near Belardo Road and South Palm Canyon Drive. The drummer, a resident of Palm Springs, was not wearing a seat belt. A guest at a nearby hotel tried to resuscitate Covington, to no avail. The Desert Sun reported that police don’t suspect alcohol or drugs were involved. Friend Keith McCormick, owner of McCormick’s Classic Car Auctions, is quoted as saying that Covington’s common-law wife believes a stroke or heart attack led to the crash”. Con i Jefferson Airplane Covington appare in ‘Volunteers’ (1969) e nei due successivi ‘Bark’ e ‘Long John Silver’ (escludendo il disco della reunion del 1989).