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Signe Toly Anderson (1941 - 2016)

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Signe Toly Anderson (1941 - 2016)

Signe Toly Anderson, a singer who was one of the original members of the Jefferson Airplane, has died. She was 74.

Anderson died Jan. 28 at her home in Beaverton, Oregon. Her daughter, Onateska Ladybug Sherwood Anderson, confirmed the death. She said her mother had chronic obstructive lung disease.

Anderson left the band after its first record and after giving birth to her first child; she was replaced by Grace Slick. Anderson performed live with the band Oct. 15, 1966, for two sets. She offered a farewell to the fans, saying, "I want you all to wear smiles and daisies and box balloons. I love you all."


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Anderson, who was born Signe Toly Sept. 15, 1941, in Seattle, was a cancer survivor since her 30s. She died the same day as Paul Kanter, another Airplane founding member. He, too, was 74.

Anderson was married twice, to Jerry Anderson of the Merry Pranksters and to Michael Alois Ettlin, who preceded her in death in 2011. Survivors include two children and three grandchildren.

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