Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf was an American rock band that was prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1967 in Los Angeles by lead singer John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton, all formerly of the Canadian band the Sparrows. Guitarist Michael Monarch and bass guitarist Rushton Moreve were recruited via notices placed in Los Angeles-area record and musical instrument stores.

Steppenwolf sold over 25 million records worldwide, released seven gold albums and one platinum album, and had 13 Billboard Hot 100 singles, of which seven were Top 40 hits, including three top 10 successes: “Born to Be Wild”, “Magic Carpet Ride”, and “Rock Me”. Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1972, but clashing personalities led to the end of the core lineup. Today, John Kay is the only original member, having been the lead singer since 1967. The band was called John Kay & Steppenwolf from 1980 to 2018. Source – Wikipedia.org

Born to Be Wild” is a song written by Mars Bonfire and first performed by the band Steppenwolf. The song is often invoked in both popular and counter culture to denote a biker appearance or attitude. It is most notably featured in the 1969 film Easy Rider. It is sometimes described as the first heavy metal song, and the second verse lyric “heavy metal thunder” marks the first use of this term in rock music (although not as a description of a musical style but rather a motorcycle). Source – Wikipedia.org

Steppenwolf

Magic Carpet Ride” is a rock song written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve from the Canadian-American hard rock band Steppenwolf. The song was initially released in 1968 on the album The Second. It was the lead single from that album, peaking at number three in the US, and staying in the charts for 16 weeks, longer than any other Steppenwolf song.

Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf

“Rock Me” is a song by the Canadian-American hard rock band Steppenwolf. It was released on their 1969 album At Your Birthday Party. It was written by the band’s lead singer John Kay, and was the band’s fifth American single release. The single, produced by Gabriel Mekler, was released in 1969 and backed with “Jupiter’s Child”, peaking at #10 on the Hot 100 on April 19, 1969 and #6 on both WLS and WCFL. It was both Billboard’s and Cashbox’s top debut the week of March 1, 1969. The song is considered the highlight of the album though it had been released for the soundtrack well ahead of the album The song followed on the heels of the band’s two 1968 hits,”Born to Be Wild” which peaked at #2 and “Magic Carpet Ride” which peaked at #3. Source – Wikipedia.org

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