Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: San Francisco, California
Band: Jefferson Starship, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Jerry Garcia Band, Elvin Bishop Band
Genres: Rock, Blues
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Donny Baldwin grew up in San Francisco in the 1970s participating in the city's thriving music scene. In 1973, Donny Baldwin joined blues rock outfit the Elvin Bishop Group with Mickey Thomas; Donny Baldwin toured and recorded six albums with the band.

In 1982, Donny Baldwin reunited with Mickey Thomas when Baldwin replaced Aynsley Dunbar in Jefferson Starship. At that point in the band's lengthy and tumultuous history, their music was synonymous with that of arena rockers Boston, Foreigner, and Journey. Shortly after Donny Baldwin joined the band, they released 'Winds of Change' which featured two hit singles, "Be My Lady" and "Winds of Change." Baldwin's first recording with Jefferson Airplane, Nuclear Furniture, sported the hit "No Way Out."

Despite the popularity of arena rock, Paul Kantner eventually became dissatisfied with Jefferson Starship's new sound and decided to leave the band. But Kantner wanted the entire band to dissolve; when they disagreed, he sued for the rights to the name of the band. They settled the case in 1985 and the band, minus Kantner, became simply Starship. Starship achieved significant success for a few years in the late 1980s; Donny Baldwin left the band just before it split up in the early 1990s.

However, in 1992 Kantner established Jefferson Starship n' The Next Generation, which eventually became just Jefferson Starship. In 2008, Donny Baldwin returned to Jefferson Starship and replaced Prairie Prince. The band toured in 2008 supporting the studio album Jefferson's Tree of Liberty.

In between his stints with Jefferson Starship, Donny Baldwin played with the Jerry Garcia Band in 1994 and 1995. He left shortly after Garcia passed away and the band renamed itself JGB. He has also performed with Kenny Loggins, Pablo Cruise, Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, Russell Hitchcock, Ronnie Montrose, Gregg Allman, Heart, 38 Special, Eddie Money, and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1974 Let It Flow Elvin Bishop
1975 Juke Joint Jump Elvin Bishop
1975 Struttin' My Stuff Elvin Bishop
1976 As Long as You Love Me Mickey Thomas
1976 Hometown Boy Makes Good! Elvin Bishop
1977 Raisin' Hell Elvin Bishop
1978 Snail Snail
1979 Best of Elvin Bishop Elvin Bishop
1979 Flow Snail
1981 Alive Alone Mickey Thomas
1984 Nuclear Furniture Jefferson Starship
1985 Knee Deep in the Hoopla Starship
1988 Back to Avalon Kenny Loggins
1991 Greatest Hits (Ten Years and Change 1979-1991) Starship
1992 Sure Feels Good: The Best of Elvin Bishop Elvin Bishop
1995 Smoke Original Soundtrack
1998 Welcome to Our World (For Members Only) JGB (Jerry Garcia Band)


  • Allegedly, Baldwin left Jefferson Starship after he injured Mickey Thomas in a fight in 1989. Thomasís injuries required reconstructive surgery.

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Drums: Drum Workshop
Hardware: Drum Workshop

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