33 Facts About Paul Kantner


Paul Lorin Kantner was an American rock musician.


Paul Kantner is best known as the co-founder, rhythm guitarist, and vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, a leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era.


Paul Kantner continued these roles as a member of Jefferson Starship, Jefferson Airplane's successor band.


Jefferson Airplane formed in 1965 when Kantner met Marty Balin.


Paul Kantner eventually became the leader of the group and led it through its highly successful late-1960s period.


Paul Kantner revived the Jefferson Starship name in 1974 and continued to record and perform with them through 1984.


Paul Kantner later led a reformed Jefferson Starship from 1992 until his death in 2016.


Paul Kantner had the longest continuous membership with the band, with 19 years in the original run of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship and 24 years in the revived Jefferson Starship.


Paul Kantner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Jefferson Airplane in 1996.


Paul Kantner had a half-brother and a half-sister by his father's first marriage, both much older than he.


Paul Kantner's father was of German descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry.


Paul Kantner's mother died when he was eight years old, and Kantner remembered that he was not allowed to attend her funeral; his father sent him to the circus instead.


Paul Kantner co-wrote the song "Wooden Ships" with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, but was not credited initially due to pending litigation with Jefferson Airplane's first manager.


Paul Kantner appears in the documentary film about the Altamont concert, Gimme Shelter, in an on-stage confrontation with a Hell's Angel regarding the altercation.


Paul Kantner had been in love with Grace Slick for some time, but she was involved in a relationship with the band's drummer, Spencer Dryden.


Paul Kantner and Slick's daughter China Wing Paul Kantner was born in 1971.


Freedom at Point Zero, a hard rock album dominated by Paul Kantner compositions, was released in November 1979; it marked the band's last Top Ten album and included the No 14 "Jane", a collaboration between Freiberg, musician Jim McPherson, Paul Kantner and Chaquico.


Paul Kantner's new wave-inspired "Girl with the Hungry Eyes" charted, peaking at No 55.


In October 1980, Paul Kantner was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in serious condition from a cerebral hemorrhage.


Paul Kantner had been working in Los Angeles on an album when he became ill.


Paul Kantner was 39 years old at the time and beat considerable odds with a full recovery without surgery.


In June 1984, Paul Kantner left Jefferson Starship, complaining that the band had become too commercial and strayed too far from its countercultural roots.


Paul Kantner made his decision to leave in the middle of the Nuclear Furniture tour.


In 1985, Paul Kantner formed the KBC Band with Balin and Jack Casady; they released their only album, KBC Band, two years later on Arista Records.


In 1986, Paul Kantner headed for court with Slick and her husband Skip Johnson over the taping of some telephone conversations.


Paul Kantner never got the joke, but he liked it, the audience liked it, and that's how it started.


In early 1992, Paul Kantner reformed Jefferson Starship, with Balin joining a year later.


Paul Kantner was joined in the later versions of Jefferson Starship with various former Airplane and Starship members, most notably Casady and Freiberg, who effectively replaced Balin in 2005.


On March 25,2015, it was reported that Paul Kantner had suffered a heart attack.


Paul Kantner is in the best possible care and we are sending him all of our best wishes, good thoughts and healing vibes.


Paul Kantner had three children: sons Gareth and Alexander, and daughter China.


Paul Kantner didn't do anything to take care of his health with all his drinking and everything, smoking cigarettes all the time, pushing himself too much.


Paul Kantner asked me to join him for this last go-round.