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The drummer of psychedelic 1960’s band Jefferson Airplane, Joey Covington, was killed in Palm Springs Tuesday in a car accident. The 67-year-old was driving alone around 5:00 p.m. when his Honda left the road and crashed head-on into a retaining wall, according to the Desert Sun.
A nearby motel guest tried to resuscitate the musician but Covington died at the scene. Police don’t believe alcohol or drugs were involved. It was also reported that no other car was involved, and that Covington was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
The drummer’s wife, 59-year-old Lauren Taines, believes a heart attack or stroke caused him to drive off the road.
Lauren Sheila Taines was born on September 21, 1953 in Miami, FL. She graduated from McNichol Junior High School in Hallandale, FL on 1968. Lauren speaks English and Italian. She is Director and Vice President of Jehrico Rose, Inc. located in Los Angeles, since 1992.
Taines has a self-released 2005 album named LAuren (the big LA is for Los Angeles) “Hideout Is a Crook’s Best Friend”, which contains eight Joey Covington compositions, four of them are songs that Jefferson Airplane performed live in 1969 and 1970 but never got to recording: “Emergency”, “You Wear Your Dresses Too Short”, “Bludgeon Of The Bluecoat” and “Whatever The Old Man Does Is Always Right”.
LAuren’s band revolves around Paul Shortino (guitars/ bass/background vocals/co-production), Mitch Perry (guitars), Sean McNabb (bass). Ray Hemandez (drums),J. T. Garrett (Hammond organ) and Joey Covington (percussion/ background vocals/co-production).
Find Lauren Taines profile on LinkedIn here.