Jefferson Airplane – Fillmore 1966 (RIP: Signe Anderson) – Past Daily Soundbooth: Tribute Edition

Jefferson Airplane with Signe Anderson

Jefferson Airplane with original singer Signe Anderson – two passings in one day.

Jefferson Airplane (w/Signe Anderson) – Live at The Fillmore – September 30, 1966 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Jefferson Airplane, featuring Signe Anderson, vocals and Skip Spence, drums. This was the original lineup of the band which would help shape the San Francisco sound. I don’t normally post music by the same band twice in one week, but this week has been especially strange, particularly those of you who have followed Jefferson Airplane for any length of time.

Yes, we had the loss of Paul Kantner three days ago. But we also had the loss of the Airplane’s original lead singer, Signe Anderson on the very same day. And maybe because Anderson left the band just prior to their landmark breakthrough that she wasn’t as well remembered as the more visible Kantner. But Signe Anderson was a founding member, and perhaps because she represented the more folk-oriented side of Jefferson Airplane is one reason she hasn’t been remembered for her inestimable contribution to the success of the band. I understand there are a number of different stories and a number of different versions over Signe Anderson’s abrupt departure and Grace Slick‘s abrupt appearance as the new voice of Jefferson Airplane. Whatever it is, the fact of the matter remains that a founding member of a pivotal band has passed away.

Those of you who remember Jefferson Airplane’s first album Take Off, are well familiar with Signe Anderson’s voice. Those of you who aren’t, this concert comes just prior to her leaving and gives you an idea of what the original lineup sounded like in a concert setting.

Sadly, the recording is at low-volume – even though it is a soundboard and not an audience tape, it suffers from a lot of background noise. I did my best to get rid of as much as I could, and try to preserve the sound, but it may still take some patience. This is a rare and historic example of a band during their formative period, just prior to their meteoric popularity. So, please take in the spirit it was presented; as a tribute to a fine singer, whose contribution can’t be stressed enough and who left us on the same day as her bandmate.

RIP: Signe Anderson (1941-2016)

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this and the previous concert – January 2016 has really sucked….

  2. fr in sc says:

    I got up this morning to the Godawful news of what happened in Orlando early today and spent much of the day watching the news and feeling depressed about it….and then I serendipitously stumbled upon your website, and have spent the last few hours with a big smile on my face and in my ears, marveling at the stuff I’m hearing! KHJ Appreciation Day 1968!!? Radio Peking 1966?!?! Ah, the wonders of the Internet!! I think I’ll be up late tonite enjoying your site—sure glad I don’t work tomorrow! I’ll be sure to hit your tip jar too!