A Breath of Fresh Air June 11

Written by on 06/10/2024

A Breath of Fresh Air With Sandy Kaye
Tuesdays 1pm EST
and Fridays 8pm EST

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Johny Barbata was a renowned drummer whose extraordinary talent and versatility made him a pivotal figure in rock and pop music.

He began his musical journey in the 60s, gaining prominence with The Turtles. His dynamic drumming on hits like “Happy Together” and “She’d Rather Be With Me” showcased his innovative style and rhythmic precision, setting him apart in the music industry. Barbata’s prowess on the drums soon caught the attention of major bands and artists, leading him to join Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. His contributions to their classic live album “4 Way Street” were a testament to his exceptional skill and ability to enhance the music’s emotional impact.

In the 1970s, Barbata’s career soared to new heights when he became the drummer for Jefferson Airplane, later transitioning to Jefferson Starship. His powerful beats and creative percussion were instrumental in shaping the band’s sound on iconic tracks like “Volunteers,” “Miracles,” and “Count on Me.” Barbata’s drumming is characterized by its technical proficiency, adaptability across genres, and expressive artistry, leaving an indelible mark on every band he has played with.

Beyond his performances, Johny Barbata was a mentor and inspiration to countless drummers. His autobiography, “The Legendary Life of a Rock Star Drummer,” offers an in-depth look at his journey through the highs and lows of the music industry. Despite facing numerous challenges, including a serious car accident that temporarily sidelined his career, Barbata’s resilience and passion for music have kept him active and influential in the industry.

Johny Barbata continues to be celebrated as one of rock’s greatest drummers today. His legacy has been marked by his unique ability to blend technical skill with expressive artistry, contributing to some of the most memorable songs in music history.

Johny passed away last month suddenly at the age of 79.

He is our special guest this week as we pay tribute to his life and times.

Sandy Kaye
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