Basic Background Info
Donny Baldwin grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s participating in the city's thriving music scene. In 1973, Donny Baldwin joined blues rock outfit the Elvin Bishop Group with Mickey Thomas; Donny Baldwin toured and recorded six albums with the band.
In 1982, Donny Baldwin reunited with Mickey Thomas when Baldwin replaced Aynsley Dunbar in Jefferson Starship. At that point in the band's lengthy and tumultuous history, their music was synonymous with that of arena rockers Boston, Foreigner, and Journey. Shortly after Donny Baldwin joined the band, they released 'Winds of Change' which featured two hit singles, "Be My Lady" and "Winds of Change." Baldwin's first recording with Jefferson Airplane, Nuclear Furniture, sported the hit "No Way Out."
Despite the popularity of arena rock, Paul Kantner eventually became dissatisfied with Jefferson Starship's new sound and decided to leave the band. But Kantner wanted the entire band to dissolve; when they disagreed, he sued for the rights to the name of the band. They settled the case in 1985 and the band, minus Kantner, became simply Starship. Starship achieved significant success for a few years in the late 1980s; Donny Baldwin left the band just before it split up in the early 1990s.
However, in 1992 Kantner established Jefferson Starship n' The Next Generation, which eventually became just Jefferson Starship. In 2008, Donny Baldwin returned to Jefferson Starship and replaced Prairie Prince. The band toured in 2008 supporting the studio album Jefferson's Tree of Liberty.
In between his stints with Jefferson Starship, Donny Baldwin played with the Jerry Garcia Band in 1994 and 1995. He left shortly after Garcia passed away and the band renamed itself JGB. He has also performed with Kenny Loggins, Pablo Cruise, Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, Russell Hitchcock, Ronnie Montrose, Gregg Allman, Heart, 38 Special, Eddie Money, and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood.
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