Donny Baldwin

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Donny Baldwin
Genres Rock
Instruments Drums
Years active 1970s – present
Associated acts Elvin Bishop
Jefferson Starship
Jerry Garcia Band
Cold Blood

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 (including a stint with Pablo Cruise) 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 September 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. Baldwin currently tours with Jefferson Starship as well as playing 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. ISBN 0-671-03403-0.