John Barbata, Turtles and C.S.N.Y. Drummer, Dies at 79

John Barbata, Turtles and C.S.N.Y. Drummer, Dies at 79

John Barbata, the drummer for the Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, who walked away from rock music on the peak of his profession, has died. He was 79.

His loss of life was introduced in a social media publish by Jefferson Airplane on Monday. A explanation for loss of life was not given and a listing of survivors was not instantly accessible.

Mr. Barbata joined the Turtles after leaving his highschool band and loved success nearly instantly, drumming on the band’s best-known monitor, “Happy Together,” launched in 1967.

“I heard that the Turtles had been searching for a drummer, they known as me all the way down to the studio to attempt me out on some session work, the primary music we recorded was ‘Happy Together,’” Mr. Barbata wrote on his now defunct web site, archived by

“We acquired it in a single take,” he stated.

The music spent three weeks at No. 1 and have become a pop basic. It’s been carried out by acts as different as Mel Tormé, Weezer, Miley Cyrus and the punk band Simple Plan.

Mr. Barbata got here to the Turtles after leaving his highschool band, The Sentinals, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. for Los Angeles to pursue a profession in music.

In an interview, the self-taught drummer spoke of the short catapult to fame “Happy Together” had given the band and recalled acting on tv applications like “The Ed Sullivan Show” and witnessing the fervour of Sixties teen followers up shut.

“The Turtles was the primary and final group I used to be in the place the youngsters had been nonetheless screaming and going loopy,” Mr. Barbata stated in his memoir, “Johny Barbata: The Legendary Life of a Rock Star Drummer.”

He described one scene at a present in Alabama the place he and his bandmates needed to blaze their method by way of a crowd of ladies pulling at their hair and ripping buttons and no matter else they might off their our bodies to maintain as souvenirs.

He would go away the band in 1970 to affix Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, enjoying on the people rock band’s dwell album and tour “4 Way Street” in 1971, which offered 5 million copies that 12 months. He later performed on a number of of the band members’ solo works.

David Geffen, who had simply began his first document label, invited Mr. Barbata to affix a brand new group known as the Eagles, however he declined, saying he couldn’t depart C.S.N.Y., in response to a profile on him within the guide “Great Rock Drummers of the Sixties” by Bob Cianci.

The final bands that he joined had been Jefferson Airplane, which he joined in 1972, and its later offshoot, Jefferson Starship. His drums appeared on Jefferson Airplane’s last studio album “Long John Silver.” He additionally labored as a session drummer.

John Barbata, born on April 1, 1945 in New Jersey, stated he had labored on greater than 100 albums and had a hand in 20 hit singles by the tip of his musical profession, although he was not at all times credited.

After surviving a severe automotive accident in Northern California in 1978, he was dropped by Jefferson Starship. At age 33, he determined to go away rock music and turn into a born-again Christian.

He dabbled in Christian music and ultimately settled on a ranch in rural Oklahoma along with his spouse and daughter, and made and offered redwood coffee tables, in response to “Great Rock Drummers of the Sixties.”

“I used to be very lucky,” Mr. Barbata stated. “I had an ideal profession. Most drummers solely go round as soon as. I went round 3 times and performed with the perfect musicians on the earth.”



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