John Barbata

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John Barbata
Born (1945-04-01) April 1, 1945 (age 69)
Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Genres Pop, pop rock, rock and roll
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1961–present
Associated acts The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

John Barbata (born April 1, 1945) is an American drummer, born in Passaic, New Jersey and raised in San Luis Obispo, California, active especially in pop and rock bands in the 1960s and 1970s, both as a band member and as a session drummer. Barbata has served as the drummer for The Turtles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jefferson Airplane (for its final album and tour only), and Jefferson Starship (from 1974 to 1978).


Already an established session drummer when he joined The Turtles, Barbata was one of the pioneering drummers who converted pop music rhythms from the down-beat rhythms of the 1950s to the off-beat rhythms that have dominated ever since.[citation needed]

His most famous band memberships have been:

Other notable collaborations include:

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