Joey Covington, a drummer for the psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane in the early 1970s and a founding member of their bluesy spinoff Hot Tuna, died Tuesday. He was 67.
The Johnstown, Pa., native died after crashing his car in Palm Springs, Calif., where he lived, said his companion, Lauren Taines.
Mr. Covington auditioned for Jefferson Airplane in 1969, when the other members of the group were considering replacing their drummer, Spencer Dryden, but did not join them immediately. That year, he started playing with side project Hot Tuna, but was not on the group's first record.
Mr. Covington replaced Mr. Dryden in 1970. He recorded with the band on the 1971 album "Bark" and helped write "Pretty as You Feel," one of the album's more popular songs.
In an interview, Jeff Tamarkin, the author of "Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane," described Mr. Covington as "a hard-rock pounder-type player" who had the stamina for long jams.
To his dismay, Mr. Covington was not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with other Jefferson Airplane members in 1996.
Joseph Edward Michno was born in Johnstown on June 27, 1945. (He changed his name when he moved to the West Coast because he thought the "no" in Michno was too negative.) He began teaching himself to play the drums when he was 10, then played with polka bands and later in strip clubs.
Mr. Covington was kept out of the military after he was injured in a car accident. He headed west at 22.
His last gig was June 1 at an 87th-birthday celebration for Marilyn Monroe in Palm Springs.