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The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship
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Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing on October 30, 1939) is an American singer and songwriter, who was one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, and as a solo artist, for nearly three decades, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. Slick was an important figure in the 1960s psychedelic rock genre, and is known for her witty lyrics and powerful contralto vocals.
Grace Slick was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Ivan W. Wing (1907-1987, of Norwegian-Swedish extraction) and his wife, Virginia Barnett (1909-1983, a direct descendant of Mayflower passengers and of English, Irish, and Scottish descent). In 1949, a month before her tenth birthday, her brother Chris Wing was born. Her father was transferred several times when she was a child and, in addition to the Chicago area, she lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco before her family finally settled in Palo Alto, California, south of San Francisco, in the early 1950s. She attended Palo Alto Senior High School before switching to Castilleja High School, a private all-girls school in Palo Alto. Following graduation, she attended Finch College in New York from 1957 to 1958 and the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, from 1958–1959.
Before entering the music scene, Slick was a model for I. Magnin for a short time in the early sixties.
Slick maintained a friendship with Janis Joplin that began early in her music career and lasted until Joplin`s death by drug overdose on October 4, 1970. She also had a friendship, as well as a one-time sexual relationship, with Jim Morrison. According to her biography, the sexual relationship occurred during their 1968 European tour, but no real romance was involved. Jeff Tamarkin`s Jefferson Airplane biography, however, does not mention such a relationship. She was also good friends with The Grateful Dead`s Jerry Garcia.
Slick was married twice, to cinematographer Gerald "Jerry" Slick from 1961 to 1971 and then to Skip Johnson, a Jefferson Starship lighting designer, from 1976 to 1994. She has one daughter, China Wing Kantner (born January 25, 1971). China`s father is former Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner, with whom Grace had a relationship from 1969 through 1975. During her stay in the hospital after the baby`s birth, Grace sarcastically told one of the attending nurses (whom Grace found to be annoyingly sanctimonious) that she intended to name the child "god", with a lowercase "g", as she "wished for the child to be humble". The nurse took Grace seriously, and her reports of the incident caused both a minor stir and the birth of a rock-and-roll urban legend.
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Grace Barnett Wing
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Grace Slick (née Wing; born October 30, 1939) is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and former model, best known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, as well as for her work as a solo artist from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s.
Palo Alto Senior High School, Palo Alto, CA, Castilleja High School, Palo Alto, CA
Finch College, New York, University of Miami, Florida
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1964–1990 (music), 1998–present (visual arts)
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