Marty Balin, who was best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of Jefferson Airplane and the songwriter for Jefferson Starship, died on Thursday (Sept. 27), Billboard has confirmed though the cause of death is still unknown. He was 76.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Award recipient co-wrote five songs on Jefferson Airplane's breakthrough album Surrealistic Pillow. He wrote some of the group's biggest tunes such as “It’s No Secret,” “Today,” “Comin’ Back To Me,” “Plastic Fantastic Lover,” “Share a Little Joke” and “Volunteers.” The San Francisco Bay Area artist quit the group about a year later and joined Jefferson Starship in 1974. In 1978, he launched a solo career before returning to Jefferson Starship from 2004 to 2008.