Jefferson Starship: “With Your Love”

ALBUM: Spitfire

YEAR: 1976

WRITERS: Marty Balin, Joey Covington and Vic Smith

The lead single from Spitfire peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Although he wrote the bulk of it, singer Marty Balin is one of three songwriters credited on Jefferson Starship’s 1976 hit “With Your Love.” He remembers how the song came about and what drummer Joey Covington and guitarist Vic Smith did to get their names on it. “That was just a jam I was playing with a friend of mine, a guitar player. And I was playing at home and thinking of writing some lyrics to it and a friend of mine, Joey Covington, who was a drummer for the ‘Plane for one period, came by and he shouted out ‘With your love.’ So I say, ‘Hey, that’s good. I’ll use that.’ So I wote the song and the next day took it to the band and they did it.”

About four months after its release, Jefferson Starship‘s Spitfire album was certified platinum for one million sales 40 years ago today. (September 28th, 1976).


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