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Yeah Buddy… Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

January 13th, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments


Wow… four degrees at the Ranch when I got up this morning, but it’s warm in my heart. They just announced that my Jefferson Airplane pals and I will be getting a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Grammys. Wow…

Nobody I know got into this wacky business for awards… but to be honored by your peers, well… suffice it to say that it is indeed an honor. People often ask, ‘Did you ever think when you got started…’ that this, that or whatever would have happened? First of all, who knew we would live this long? Who would have dared to guess, that a little music picked in San Francisco over half a century ago would have such long leg and gained such… well, respectability.

Not I, that’s for sure.

Fame such as it is, recognition… ephemeral as it is… we’ll take it.

The family gets a kick out of all this and that’s the frosting on the cake.

So… my pals and I are so grateful for all this…

And that’s about it for today.


Portrait of the artist as a old dog

Portrait of the artist as a old dog

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

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  1. Barbara Jacobs
    January 13th, 2016 at 14:26 | #1

    Mazel !!!

  2. Barbara Jacobs
    January 13th, 2016 at 14:41 | #2


  3. John B
    January 13th, 2016 at 14:56 | #3

    That is fantastic news Jorma. Congratulations to you and the rest of the Airplane!

  4. Larry
    January 13th, 2016 at 15:23 | #4

    Now can all 5 of you (RIP Spencer, who will hopefully be represented by his family) try to be there for this? At the same time, even? Seriously, Mazel Tov!

  5. January 13th, 2016 at 16:45 | #5

    congrats! Very well deserved!!!!

  6. January 13th, 2016 at 16:47 | #6

    Congratulations for all your awards and honors, which are well deserved. The creative contributions made by the Airplane and Hot Tuna to our contemporary culture have enriched the lives of thousands of ardent fans and casual listeners alike. Your ongoing work has made our world a more colorful and interesting place. Thanks for all of that, and please enjoy the recognition. I think it’s great!

  7. Joey Hudoklin
    January 13th, 2016 at 16:53 | #7

    That’s great news Jorma.
    It makes happy to hear you say that it warms your heart!
    Richly deserved!

  8. Dan
    January 13th, 2016 at 17:15 | #8

    Congratulations, on an awesome achievement. I guess the Grammy Academy just couldnt find the right category for “Ain’t In No Hurry” one of the most enjoyable works of music I have ever heard, gets my personal vote for Album of the Year. You just keep on truckin’

  9. johno
    January 13th, 2016 at 17:24 | #9

    That’s just great! Hall of Fame now a Grammy – Congratulations Jorma!

  10. Kevin
    January 13th, 2016 at 17:58 | #10

    Congratulations on a well deserved accolade. Every once in a while these award show entities actually do something right. You, Jack, Grace, Paul, Marty, Spencer and Papa John as well as the extended JA family deserve many kudos for advancing the state of popular music (whatever that means) to new heights (no pun intended) back in those glorious 60’s. I hope to get the chance to say congrats in person this Sat. in warm & sunny (hopefully) St. Pete.

  11. Ham n Eggs
    January 13th, 2016 at 18:17 | #11

    Love All Ways

  12. Joe Balcerowski
    January 13th, 2016 at 20:28 | #12

    Congratulations on Grammy. It would be exciting to see all of you together at awards ceremony for the presentation. Hope it’s a possibility

  13. mutt
    January 13th, 2016 at 20:38 | #13

    Congratulations to you and the crew. Well deserved indeed. Still have all the old Airplane cranked up on the ipod. Timeless good stuff fur the mind and soul.

    Peace and Love Fur All

  14. greg souza
    January 13th, 2016 at 20:55 | #14

    You must have under estimated how important your music from that era really was.I loved it then and I still love it.You guys still rock,don’t even think about stopping.

  15. John R.
    January 13th, 2016 at 22:39 | #15

    Touche. Congratulations, Jorma.

  16. Gary
    January 13th, 2016 at 23:09 | #16

    Fly Jefferson Airplane!

  17. January 14th, 2016 at 03:59 | #17

    Dear Jorma, dear Jeffersons,
    a blast from the past, and a truly timeless, eternal achievement!!!
    Let’s hear fanfares blast out of genuine Sixties axes and amps.
    Jefferson Airplane rules, and it’s time to put SURREALISTIC PILLOW on NOW!
    I’m very happy for you all, and all the guys in the GoodTimes team add their praise.
    Rock on
    Uli Twelker

  18. anthony tedesco
    January 14th, 2016 at 08:51 | #18

    That’s the other side of this life

  19. hogan
    January 14th, 2016 at 09:51 | #19

    WHOOO HOOOOO !!!!!

    Congratulations Captain…. Totally firmer than firm….
    Well deserved indeed….


  20. mikie
    January 14th, 2016 at 11:49 | #20

    Long deserved and well-earned, sir. Will there be a viewing party at The Station? Keep rockin, m

  21. David Lucas
    January 14th, 2016 at 12:07 | #21

    Congratulations. A well deserved accolade for one of my all time favorites.

    Hope you can make it to Colorado sometime in 2016.

    A Tuna/Jorma “fix” buoys my spirit !!

  22. Sweetbac
    January 14th, 2016 at 17:00 | #22

    Now to get Hot Tuna inducted into the Rn’R Hall Of Fame!
    It WILL happen.

  23. Bill
    January 14th, 2016 at 19:02 | #23

    That’s great and well deserved. How many kids did you guy inspire back in the day to take up the guitar and continue playing for life. One right here!

    Keep on pickin’

  24. Kate
    January 14th, 2016 at 20:57 | #24

    Excellent news! It’s all coming back to you Captain. Congrats to all.

  25. Joey Hudoklin
    January 15th, 2016 at 02:06 | #25

    Yah. We gotta do sumptin’ ta get Tuna in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

  26. Angelika
    January 15th, 2016 at 02:13 | #26

    Congrats – Jefferson Airplane still my favourite band. Here in Germany you are getting the recognition you should. What a great band you where: Grace’s and Marty’s voices, Paul’s songwriting, your guitarplaying and Jack’s bass – so unique.
    All I can say is: thank you for your music then and now.

  27. Brett
    January 15th, 2016 at 12:37 | #27



  28. Rick
    January 15th, 2016 at 14:51 | #28

    Mozel Tov and looking forward to your April 2 Higher Ground, Vermont show. Do you know if Grace will show up and participate??

  29. Barbara Jacobs
    January 15th, 2016 at 18:49 | #29

    There may be some Jorma and/or Hot Tuna shows in Germany.
    My good friend, Uli Twelker has interviewed Jorma twice within the last 7
    years. Google “Good Times Magazine”, the German music publication. Enjoy and spread the word, Angelika!@Angelika

  30. Barbara Jacobs
    January 15th, 2016 at 18:59 | #30

    Of course, anybody else interested can google “Good Times Magazine” , although it’s printed in German.
    Uli and I will be working on the English translations of his more than 25 interviews, published in “Good Times Magazine”, for his upcoming website.

    Until then, you can google Uli Twelker and enjoy his work with his Jazz band, they tour throughout Germany and Europe on a regular basis.

    (this has “nothing to do with Jorma or Hot Tuna”, but is still something that
    may interest people here, who have intellectual curiosity. Anybody who doesn’t like this comment can, kissa mer tuchis.)

  31. trisha awe-bredekamp
    January 15th, 2016 at 22:28 | #31

    Congrats Jorma ! Been on your journey from the beginning from afar and so happy to hear this news! And yes alive to still enjoy it, who’d ya thunk it! LOL Peace&LoveTrisha

  32. Joanne
    January 19th, 2016 at 12:53 | #32

    Congratulations Jorma, this was well deserved! You rock our world!

  33. April 26th, 2016 at 10:44 | #33