Spencer Dryden, noted rock drummer, dies

Jan. 13, 2005 at 2:07 PM
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PETALUMA, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Spencer Dryden, the drummer for the Jefferson Airplane rock group died at his California residence of stomach cancer. He was 66.

Dryden, who died Tuesday, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 for his work with the Jefferson Airplane, from the breakthrough 1967 "Surrealistic Pillow" album through festivals like Woodstock and Altamont, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

Dryden also had an affair with the band's female vocalist, Grace Slick, and was married to the former Sally Mann.

He left the band in 1970, and the following year replaced Mickey Hart in the Grateful Dead sideline country-rock band, New Riders of the Purple Sage. Dryden stayed with that group until 1978.

In the 1980s he joined a group of psychedelic rock veterans called the Dinosaurs that played informally around San Francisco Bay area with former members of Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Country Joe and the Fish.

He was married three times and is survived by three sons, Jeffrey, Jes and Jackson Dryden.

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