Grace Slick: A Legend At 80

Grace Slick: A Legend At 80

Posted 30 Oct 2019
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Grace Slick, 1978  1978 (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

An icon in rock history and a leading role in the 60s psychedelic scene, with a career spanning four decades, we think Grace Slick deserves 'legend' status, especially now that she just turned 80 years old. 

As a key member of The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship, she also had a sporadic solo career. Grace Slick provided vocals on a number of well-known songs, including "Somebody to Love," "White Rabbit," "We Built This City," and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."

Fun fact: It is cited that Grace Slick is the first person to say "motherfucker" on live television, on The Dick Cavett Show during a perfomance of "We Can Be Together" in 1969. 

Following the huge success of Jefferson Airplane and following the departure of Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, Slick formed Jefferson Starship with Kantner and other bandmates and delivered more magic. 

Today on her 80s birthday we've decided to take a dive into 1975's Red Octopus... 

With Red Octopus, Jefferson Starship had an album that could rival anything from their previous incarnation as Jefferson Airplane. The 1975 collection marked the return to the fold of that band's co-founder, Marty Balin, who brought with him several fine songs including the smash hit “Miracles.” As significant as his contribution is, the album is very much a team effort; Grace Slick provides such high points as follow-up single “Play on Love” and “Fast Buck Freddie,” and strong instrumentals from Papa John Creach and Pete Sears add variety to the ballad-laden track list. A supremely listenable hybrid of pop and AOR, Red Octopus soared to the top of the Billboard chart, and we'll give the double-platinum set a spin to wish Slick a happy birthday.

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