Area roads were shut down in Palm Springs, Calif. yesterday for several hours afterward as police investigated a deadly accident that occurred around 5 p.m. A sedan had gone head-on into a wall near a curve, with one man behind the wheel. Early Wednesday morning, the man was identified as Joseph “Joey” Edward Covington, 67-year old drummer for Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane.
According to CBS News, Covington was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers in the car.
Covington was a self-taught drummer since the age of 10, eventually helping to found Hot Tuna with Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Paul Kantner. Later that year, he provided percussion for Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers album, assuming full-time drumming duties in 1970 after Spencer Dryden left the band. He helped to pen hits like “With Your Love” and “Pretty as You Feel.”
Here’s a clip of young Covington, shortly after joining the band, showing off his chops on the drums at Jefferson Airplane’s live recording of “Somebody to Love.”