When destiny met success, Grace Slick was born
Starting her professional life as a model, Grace Slick went on to marry to Jerry Slick. With her brother-in-law, Darby Slick, she formed an outfit which went by the name ‘The Great Society’.
As destiny would have it, Signe Toly Anderson, the vocalist for Jefferson Airplane left the band to have a baby and was replaced by Grace Slick. The rest is history.
Slick joined Jefferson Airplane in 1966. She brought with her, two former Great Society songs that were featured in the album Surrealistic Pillow, namely, Somebody to Love (by Darby Slick) and White Rabbit (which was banned in some areas as a pro-drug song).
Both singles reached the top 10, and formed a launching pad for Grace Slick’s association, first with Jefferson Airplane then with Jefferson Starship, and finally with the run down version, Starship. The alliance lasted three decades.
While she was housebound after the birth of her daughter (with Paul Kantner, vocalist, guitarist and founder member of Jefferson Airplane), she recorded Blows against the Empire, billed as Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship. This LP featured Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), David Crosby and Graham Nash (CSNY) and other friends. Last heard she has dedicated her life to painting, and does not perform frequently.A. GEORGE ANTONY