Marty Balin

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Martyn Jerel Buchwald, 30 January 1942, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. A former painter, sculptor and dancer, Balin began his recording career in the early 60s. Two singles for Challenge, a prominent Los Angeles label, invoked the saccharine pop of the era, whereas two subsequent groups, the Town Criers and the Gateway Singers, were reminiscent of the New Christy Minstrels. Inspired by the Byrds’ ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, the singer, who had relocated to San Francisco, founded Jefferson Airplane in August 1965. His compositions and voice were crucial to the band’s initial momentum and their first three albums owed much to his romanticism. However, the balance of power began to shift as the unit became politicized and by the time of 1969’s Volunteers, the singer’s role had been greatly reduced.

Balin left Jefferson Airplane in April 1971 and initially pursued a low-key career in music. He produced an album for Grootna, several...

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