Saturday, January 30, 2016

Signe Toly Anderson dead at 74

Signe Toly Anderson
September 15, 1941-January 28, 2016

Signe Toly Anderson, singer and co-founding member of Jefferson Airplane, died on Thursday. Anderson was 74. The announcement of Mrs. Anderson's death comes two days after the death of Paul Kantner, who also died on January 28. At this time, the cause of death is unknown but it is known that Mrs. Anderson had health problems throughout her whole life. The news was confirmed by former Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin, saying "One sweet Lady has passed on."

Mrs. Anderson was one of the six founding members of Jefferson Airplane, which formed in 1965. Mrs. Anderson was only on the band's 1966 debut album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. The album included songs such as "It's No Secret" and "Chauffer Blues," the latter of which Mrs. Anderson sang lead on alone. Due to her pregnancy and marriage with musician Jerry Anderson, Mrs. Anderson decided to leave the band as she thought touring and traveling would become complicated. She would be replaced by singer Grace Slick. It was with Slick when the band were able to gain commercial success with Surrealistic Pillow in 1967. The Andersons were married from 1965 to 1975. 

Aside from being in Jefferson Airplane, Mrs. Anderson was not in any other major bands. When she moved back to hometown of Oregon, she joined Carl Smith and the Natural Gas Company. Mrs. Anderson was with them for nine years. In 1977, she married Michael Alios Ettlin- a building contractor. The couple were married until February 2011 when Ettlin died. Although she wasn't in Jefferson Airplane for a long time, Mrs. Anderson did make several appearances as a guest during Jefferson Starship concerts in the 1990s. 

Rest in peace, Signe.  

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