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10 interesting facts about the band Jefferson Starship and their album "Red Octopus"

Updated: Mar 22

  1. Jefferson Starship formed in 1974 as a spin-off of the popular San Francisco-based band Jefferson Airplane.

  2. The original members of Jefferson Starship included former Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and Marty Balin.

  3. "Red Octopus" was Jefferson Starship's fourth studio album, released in 1975. It was their first album to feature lead vocalist Mickey Thomas, who replaced Marty Balin.

  4. The album's title was inspired by a nickname given to Kantner's 1950 Buick Roadmaster, which he painted red and adorned with an octopus emblem.

  5. "Red Octopus" reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum by the RIAA in 1976.

  6. The album's hit single, "Miracles," was written by Marty Balin and became the band's highest-charting single, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  7. "Red Octopus" also features the popular songs "Play on Love" and "Fast Buck Freddie," both written by Paul Kantner.

  8. Grace Slick's vocal contributions to "Red Octopus" were limited due to her pregnancy at the time of recording.

  9. The album was produced by Larry Cox and Jefferson Starship, and was recorded at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco.

  10. "Red Octopus" is considered one of Jefferson Starship's best albums, and is often cited as a landmark album in the history of 1970s rock music.


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