Uncanny, right? Not only has this been a bad start to 2016 for aging rock stars, two prominent ones from the same ’60s supergroup have now died on the same day. The day was January 28th, and it was a sad one for rockers as Jefferson Airplane’s founding member Paul Kantner passed away along with the band’s original singer, Signe Anderson.

Paul Kanter was the man. He wrote and co-wrote all the cool tunes for the band, including unforgettable licks in songs like “Somebody to Love.” He embodied the ’60s hippie movement and was the prototype for how rockers at that time lived and played. He also had some serious fun with Jim Morrison, as the band opened for The Doors numerous times.

Anderson was a jazz vocalist out of the Bay Area when she joined Jefferson Airplane and sang on their first album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. The album was released in 1966, but Anderson quit the band right after recording in order to have a baby and live a normal life. She was immediately replaced by Grace Slick.

May both Kanter and Anderson rest in peace. Let’s be grateful for the classic music they provided and also inspired. Rock on, guys.

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