Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin remembers Paul Kantner: 'He was one of the greats'
When Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner died Thursday from organ failure and septic shock at age 74, the news was not a huge surprise to his fellow singer and songwriter Marty Balin, with whom he co-founded the band in 1965. Kantner had been in poor health for some time.
But in a phone interview a day after Kantner's death, Balin, who has lived in Tampa since 1999, still found himself reminiscing on Kantner's creative brilliance.
"He was one of the greats, one of the most interesting people I ever associated with," he said. "He left a good body of work. If people just listen to his music, they'll see how great he was."