Mickey Thomas (born December 3, 1949) is an American rock singer….who is best known as one of the lead vocalists for Jefferson Starship and Starship…..which were both famous rock bands in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
While singing lead for The Jets in 1974….Thomas joined the Elvin Bishop Group as a back-up vocalist ….who eventually made it to lead vocals. He sang lead vocals on the 1975 Elvin Bishop single “Silent Night” and the 1976 single “Spend Some Time,” ….but his best known achievement was singing on Elvin Bishop’s chart hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love“….which became a # 3 single in 1976.
Thomas recorded the solo album As Long as You Love Me in 1976….after leaving the Elvin Bishop Group….which he followed with recording three songs for the 1978 film Skateboard….which also featured a cameo by Jefferson Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico. In April 1979, Thomas was asked to join that group after the departure of Marty Balin and Grace Slick. In 1981 he recorded his second solo album, Alive Alone….when former Elvin Bishop Group drummer Donny Baldwin became drummer for Jefferson Starship two years later when Aynsley Dunbar left.
Thomas spent most of the early eighties as the main vocalist of Jefferson Starship, performing several duets with Slick (who rejoined in 1981) and gaining greater influence in the band. After Paul Kantner left in 1984, Thomas was leader of the band….to which Kantner sued over the name of Jefferson Starship….and the settlement left the band with the name “Starship”.
From 1985 until 1989 the band had three # 1 hit songs.….when Slick left again in 1988….so, Thomas sang all lead vocals. The 1989 “Love Among the Cannibals” tour was postponed after Baldwin attacked Thomas in a bar. The damage was such that it required facial reconstruction surgery. Baldwin resigned after the incident.
Starship was let go by their record label RCA and became inactive in 1991…..so, in early 1992, Mickey Thomas revived Starship as Starship featuring Mickey Thomas…..and has been touring with this title ever since….with the band’s Loveless Fascination being released on September 17, 2013….while Starship featuring Mickey Thomas performed at the Streamy Awards on September 8,
2014. In this video herewith…..Mickey Thomas sings the Star Spangled Banner at the start of Game 4 of the 1987 MLB World Series between the St Louis Cardinals verses the Minnesota Twins.