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The Religious Affiliation of Rock Musician
Marty Balin
of Jefferson Airplane

Marty Balin was Jewish.

From: "Jefferson Airplane" article on "The Challah Fame: Who's Who in Jewish Rock" website (http://www.jewsrock.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=challah.view&page=J; viewed 23 November 2005):

Nearly everyone in Jefferson Airplane was Jewish in some way or another. Drummer Spencer Dryden: Jewish. Singer Marty Balin and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen: Jewish. Paul Kantner: technically not a Jew, but with that last name, who cares? The Airplane went through many line-up changes as the band developed out of the mid-sixties San Francisco rock scene, but it achieved the form known to history when Dryden, Balin, Kaukonen, Kantner, and bassist Jack Casady recruited singer Grace Slick in 1966. Slick brought two sings with her when she joined the band: "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love." These tracks both reached the Top Ten and made 1967's Surrealistic Pillow a gold record. Jefferson Airplane continued representing the drugged-out culture of their hometown on the charts until the seventies, when the band morphed into both Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna.

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