Starship









Starship

was one of the founding members of the group left the group and sued the others over the Jefferson name and he won the lawsuit. Frieberg also left the group. In 1985, Starship released the hit, Knee Deep In the Hoopla and from it came 2 number one hits. They were We Built This City and Sara. The first one was written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Wolf. Before this there had never been a number one hit by the group. The album reached number 7 on the charts and from it also came two other single hits. The album also went platinum. They were Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight, which reached number 26 on the charts, and Before I Go reached number 68.

They had another number one hit in 1987 which was Nothing’s Going To Stop Us Now. This song was featured in the movie, Mannequin. Slick and Thomas, along with Craig Chaquico’s guitar solo appeared in the film. Slick , at the age of 47, held the record for being the oldest female vocalist to sing a number one hit until Cher broke the record in 1999 at the age of 52 with the song Believe. The band’s song, Wild Again (hit number 78 on the Billboard singles chart), was used in the movie Cocktail, in 1988. Grace Slick left the group in 1988 because she didn’t approve of the band’s new image. She was also becoming more self conscious about her age. All of the members were about a decade younger than her because the original members had left the group. Grace doesn’t believe that older people do not belong on a rock and roll stage. Her leaving left Thomas as the leader of the group. The group released Love Among the Cannibals in 1989 then they split up in 1990.

There are two versions of Jefferson Starship today. One of them has Thomas as the leader and is billed as Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, and the other one is a revived group which is known as Jefferson Starship: The Next generation, consists of Kantner and Balin as the leaders of the band. Diana Mangano replaced Grace Slick as the female singer. Grace did come in and do guest vocals on their 1999 album, Windows of heaven. Jack Casidy is also a member and they play at concerts. They had the Jefferson Family Galactic Reunion tour in 2005 and David Freiburg rejoined them for this tour and still tours with the group. The group had a total of 30 albums and compilations and 32 singles.