Rock Drummer Joey Covington Dies in Palm Springs Car Crash

This article is contributed by Matthew Crist of TSR Injury Law.

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The former drummer of the 70s rock band Jefferson Airplane, Joey Covington, died after a fatal car accident in Palm Springs, California on June 6th. Covington, who was 67, was killed when his car ran off the road and slammed into a wall near a bend in the road. It was reported that he was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. No other vehicle was involved and nobody else was injured in the collision, which was so severe that wreckage from the vehicle was thrown into nearby properties.

Joey was the sole occupant when his Honda Civic went off the road near Belardo Road and South Palm Canyon Drive. Police has confirmed that alcohol was not a factor and it is thought that a heart attack or possible stroke was responsible for him losing control of the vehicle and careering off the road. Although guests at a nearby hotel tried to resuscitate the musician, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Digital Spy website, witness Stephen Wallace of Vancouver, Canada told “We were at the pool, just relaxing and we heard a big crash and saw all the dust flying. We came running out and found this fellow lying in his car. I tried to do CPR, but to no avail. There was no screech and no sound of braking.”

The band’s Facebook page announced the death of its former member soon after the accident and within moments of the news breaking, fans began to leave tributes to Covington.

Born in East Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, Covington was a self taught drummer who first picked up the sticks when he was only 10. He played with the rock outfit between 1970 and 1972 and featured on their top selling albums ‘Volunteers,’ ‘Bark,’ and ‘Long John Silver.’ He continued to perform locally in Palm Springs, often agreeing to do free gigs. One of his last reported performances was at a Marilyn Monroe celebration show just a few days earlier on June 1, where he thrilled fans by spending time chatting and signing autographs.

Covington joined Jefferson Starship when he replaced drummer Spencer Dryden, playing on tracks such as ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody to Love’, after a stint in a number of spin-off bands, including Hot Tuna. He also co-wrote their 1976 single ‘With Your Love’, which reached No. 12 in the US singles charts.


This article was provided by experienced writer and blogger Matthew Crist in association with Minnesota’s TSR Injury Law.


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