'Somebody to Love' - The Jefferson Airplane


Writer: Darby Slick

Producer: Rick Jarrard

Recorded: 1967 at RCA Studios, Los Angeles

Released: Spring 1967

Players: Grace Slick -- vocals
Marty Balin -- vocals
Paul Kantner -- guitar, vocals
Jorma Kaukonen -- guitar
Jack Casady -- bass
Spencer Dryden -- drums
Album: Surrealistic Pillow (RCA)

Jefferson Airplane formed in 1965 in San Francisco. Their early days were spent playing at singer Marty Balin's club the Matrix.

Singer Grace Slick joined the band in October 1966, replacing original vocalist Signe Toly, who left to have a baby.

Slick brought with her the song "Somebody To Love," which she had performed and recorded with her previous band, the Great Society.

"Somebody To Love" was written by Slick's brother-in-law, Great Society member Darby Slick.

Of writing the song, Darby said, "I'd broken up with a girl around then. And one night I took some LSD...."

Grace Slick had written "White Rabbit" around the same time and, Darby Slick noted, "We knew instantly that these songs were hits."

"Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit" were the first major pop hits from the San Francisco Bay-area rock community.

Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia was credited as a "musical and spiritual adviser" on the Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow album, and he played on some of the songs.

Surrealistic Pillow peaked at Number Three on the Billboard 200 and earned a gold record for sales of more than 500,000 copies.