Donny Baldwin

Donny Baldwin

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Donny Baldwin

Donny Baldwin is an American drummer best known as a member of Jefferson Starship and its continuation Starship.

Baldwin began his career as a drummer for Elvin Bishop during the 1970s, where he worked with future Jefferson Starship bandmate Mickey Thomas. When the Elvin Bishop band disbanded he joined Santa Cruz band Snail and gigged around the Bay Area until 1982. After Aynsley Dunbar left Jefferson Starship in 1982, Baldwin replaced him and joined his old band mate Thomas; he made his recorded debut with the band on the Nuclear Furniture LP in 1984. He remained with the band, which soon took the name Starship, until their final studio album, Love Among the Cannibals. In 1989, Baldwin assaulted Thomas while Starship was on tour in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Thomas required reconstructive surgery on his face and head,[1] and Baldwin was fired from the band. From 1994 until its demise in 1995, Baldwin drummed for the Jerry Garcia Band. He rejoined the reformed Jefferson Starship in 2008, replacing Prairie Prince, and performed on the tour in support of the 2008 studio album Jefferson's Tree of Liberty. In recognition of the incident with Thomas in 1989, Baldwin was reportedly paid a sizable bonus on returning to the band and was told that there would "always be a place for [him] in Jefferson Starship." Baldwin currently plays drums for Lydia Pense as a member of Cold Blood.


  1. Tamarakin, Jeff (2003). Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, Simon and Schuster.
  • Starship biography on
  • Metzger, John. "Backstage Pass: An Interview with Melvin Seals", The Music Box, July, 1998
  • [Donny Baldwin at All Music Guide Donny Baldwin on Allmusic]
  • Donny Baldwin on the Internet Movie Database
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