Claim: Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick named her daughter 'god.'
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Origins: Who but a 1960s drug culture rock star would be sufficiently narcissistic, audacious, and irreverent enough to irritate millions of Judeo-Christians by naming her daughter 'God'? Apparently a lot of people around in the early 1970s felt Jefferson Airplane lead singer Grace Slick fit the bill, as so many of them still believe she really did it. But she didn't. The name of Grace Slick's daughter is (and always has been) China, and the notion that the little girl was originally named 'God' (or 'god') was purely the product of a joke worked out before her birth.
On 25 January 1971, Grace Slick gave birth to a girl at French Hospital in San Francisco. (The father was one of her Jefferson Airplane bandmates, Paul Kantner.) As she related in her autobiography, Slick quickly made a joke about her infant daughter's name at the expense of a hospital nurse:
I noticed a crucifix around her neck and spontaneously said, "god. We spell it with a
It was only a few hours after my baby had arrived, I was holding the miracle of birth in my arms, and I was already messing with somebody's head. The nurse asked me to repeat what I'd said. I obliged her. After hearing it a second time, deciding that the blasphemy was real, she haltingly entered "god" on the parchment, probably expecting to go through life repeating novenas for her participation in this profanity. When she was through filling in the irreverent name, she ran to the telephone to call Herb Caen, the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper
Her real name is China.
No doubt Young did read that, but Slick's daughter says it's an urban myth.
She told The Times a few years ago that the rumor arose because of a joke Slick made after giving birth.
"When I popped out," her daughter said, "the nurse was this sort of religious type. In this cutesy voice, she says, 'And what are you naming your baby?' And my mom, being my mom, says wryly, 'We're naming her god, but with a small "g" out of respect.'"
The real first name of Slick's daughter?
Last updated: 14 April 2014
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