Signe Anderson was the original female vocalist in the Jefferson Airplane, singing on their first album and first few singles prior to being replaced by Grace Slick in late 1966. Born Signe Toly in Seattle and raised in Portland, Oregon, she was found by Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin while singing at the Drunken Gourd club. Anderson's voice was not as striking as Slick's, but any deficiency would only be apparent in retrospect. She was a solid, strong-voiced vocalist with a timbre and delivery that still owed more to folk than rock when she recorded with the Airplane on their first album, 1966's Takes Off. Anderson had only one lead vocal on that LP, the electric update of the old blues standard "Chauffeur Blues," but can be heard harmonizing well with the Airplane's male singers throughout the entire album. She is also on a few ...
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