Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington dies

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington has died in a Palm Springs car crash.

A Riverside County coroner’s report says the 67-year-old Palm Springs resident wasn’t wearing a seat belt when his car hit a retaining wall at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. He died at the scene.

The Palm Springs Desert Sun (http://mydesert.co/111xyfm ) says police don’t believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

A friend, Keith McCormick, tells the paper that Covington’s wife, Lauren, suspects he had a stroke or heart attack before the accident.

Covington replaced Spencer Dryden as the Airplane’s drummer from 1970-72. Before that, he was with the Airplane offshoot Hot Tuna and played congas on the 1969 Airplane album “Volunteers.”

Covington co-wrote several Airplane songs, including “Pretty as You Feel” and the 1976 tune “With Your Love.”

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