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Jack Casady


Among the finest bassists to emerge from San Francisco’s psychedelic motion from the mid- to later ’60s, longtime Jefferson Aircraft/Hot Tuna member Jack port Casady was also among the initial rock musicians to try out the bass as though it all were a business lead instrument. Blessed John William “Jack port” Casady on Apr 13, 1944, in Washington, D.C., Casady originally found your guitar at age 12, but didn’t obtain serious until a year or two afterwards. By his mid-teens, Casady was playing in an area music group known as the Rendezvous, that is how he fulfilled his following musical partner, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. Immediately after, Casady and Kaukonen produced their very own group, the Triumphs, before Kaukonen transferred away — ultimately relocating towards the western world coast. Both kept connected regardless of the move, where time Casady acquired switched towards the bass (and also supported such renowned performers as Ray Charles and Small Anthony if they performed local displays). By past due 1965, Kaukonen acquired joined up with an up-and-coming SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA music group by the name of Jefferson Aircraft, who was looking for a bassist. Casady got an request to turn out and try for the group, despite the fact that Kaukonen supposedly didn’t understand that Casady got turned to bass through the interim. Casady got the gig, though it took a while for him to merge with others, both musically and aesthetically (Casady supposedly appeared as if a strait-laced scholar when he 1st came). Jefferson Aircraft released their debut recording, WILL TAKE OFF, in 1966, nonetheless it wasn’t until a yr later (when vocalist Grace Slick became a member of the group, in the behest of Casady), with 1967’s Surrealistic Cushion, how the group really became popular. Further produces cemented the Airplane’s standing up among the past due-’60s leading psychedelic rings (1967’s After Bathing at Baxter’s, 1968’s Crown of Creation, 1969’s Bless Its Pointed Small Mind and Volunteers), but medication make use of and power challenges from within started to consume away in the music group. Sensing how the group was leaving their unique musical path, Casady and Kaukonen released another music group, Popular Tuna, soon after the dawn from the ’70s. Originally an acoustic-based clothing (and regarded as merely a part music group with their full-time group), it quickly became apparent how the duo’s days using the Aircraft had been numbered. Such early Popular Tuna produces as 1970’s self-titled debut, 1971’s First Draw Up, and 1972’s Burgers became more advanced than the Airplane’s last albums with Casady and Kaukonen (1971’s Bark and 1972’s Very long John Metallic), which resulted in the duo focusing on Popular Tuna full-time. Popular Tuna continuing on for many even more albums (1973’s The Phosphorescent Rat, 1975’s Yellowish Fever and America’s Choice, plus 1976’s Hoppkorv), before they disbanded aswell. With punk/brand-new wave sweeping the planet by the middle-’70s, Casady amazed his devoted, hippie-based pursuing by forming today’s rock and roll quartet, SVT, who released a set of releases through the early ’80s — 1980’s Prolonged Play [EP] and 1981’s No Regrets — prior to the death from the their frontman (Brian Marnell) finished the music group. The ’80s noticed Casady link up once again with various previous Jefferson Aircraft bandmates, including Paul Kantner’s THE EARTH Earth Rock and roll & Move Orchestra (1983), as well as the short-lived KBC Music group (made up of Kantner, Casady, and Marty Balin), who released a lone self-titled recording (1986). The 10 years also included numerous Warm Tuna reunions, plus an ill-advised self-titled reunion recording of Jefferson Aircraft in 1989. Casady continuing to leap between Warm Tuna and Jefferson Aircraft (the latter heading from the name Jefferson Starship: ANOTHER Generation) through the entire ’90s, and in 2000, created the acoustic-based Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers alongside Kantner. Casady in addition has guested on several recordings by additional artists over time, including such classics as Jimi Hendrix’s Electric powered Ladyland and Crosby, Stills & Nash’s self-titled debut, plus lesser-known albums by Nation Joe & the Seafood, Papa John Creach, David Crosby, Roky Erickson, Warren Zevon, Rusted Main, and various single releases by Aircraft bandmembers.

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Full Name Jack Casady
Profession Bassist, Music Producer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Diana Casady
Parents William Robert Casady, Mary Virginia Casady
Music Groups Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship
Music Songs Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, Miracles, Count On Me, Runaway, Find Your Way Back, Layin' on the Line, Stairway to Cleveland, Sorry Me, Sorry You, Light The Sky On Fire, Cut You Down to Size, The Baby Tree, Love Too Good, Have You Seen the Stars Tonite, Be My Lady, Ride The Tiger, A Child Is Coming, Hijack, Hyperdrive, Mau Mau, Can't Find Love, Let’s Go Together, White Rabbit, Out of Control, Somebody To Love
Albums Dream Factor, Surrealistic Pillow, After Bathing at Baxter's, Crown of Creation, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, Volunteers, Bless Its Pointed Little Head, Thirty Seconds Over Winterland, Hot Tuna, Hoppkorv, The Phosphorescent Rat, First Pull Up, Then Pull Down, Double Dose, Bark, Long John Silver, The Worst of Jefferson Airplane, 2400 Fulton Street, Jefferson Airplane Loves You, > Jefferson Airplane >> Jefferson Starship >>> Starship: Hits, Final Vinyl, Flight Log, The Best of Hot Tuna, The Very Best of Starship, Jefferson Airplane, Classic Hot Tuna Acoustic
Movies Jimi Hendrix: At Last...the Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland

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1 He is known to many of his fans as "God".
2 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 (as a member of Jefferson Airplane).



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