Signe Anderson, the Original Female Vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 74

Jefferson Airplane
Photo: Morton Beebe/Corbis

Signe Anderson, original female vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, died on January 28 at the age of 74, the same day the band’s co-founder Paul Katner died of septic shock. She appeared on the band’s debut album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, singing lead on “Chauffeur Blues” and providing prominent vocals on their version of “Let’s Get Together.” Having given birth to her first child in 1966, she realized life in a band would be unfeasible and left. She performed her final gig on October 15, 1966; she was replaced by Grace Slick the next night. In the wake of the news, her former band members have posted condolences and tributes online.

I was just informed of the passing of Signe Anderson, the same day as we lost Paul. Signe was our, Jefferson Airplane's...

Posted by Jack Casady on Saturday, January 30, 2016

SIGNE"One sweet Lady has passed on. I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said "Hey what are you doing...

Posted by Marty Balin on Saturday, January 30, 2016
1965-1966, San Francisco, California, USA — An early lineup of psychedelic 1960s rock group Jefferson Airplane, best known for their hits “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love”. Front (from left) are Jack Casady, Signe Anderson, and Marty Balin. Back (from left) are Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Skip Spence. — Image by © Morton Beebe/Corbis Photo: Morton Beebe/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.
Signe Anderson of Jefferson Airplane Dies at 74