Canadian-ameriCan roCkers steppenwolf rose to prominence during the late 1960s and lasted only until the early 1970s. The full line-up was completed when the founding members John kay (guitar, vocals), Goldy mcJohn (keyboards) and Jerry edmonton (drums) were joined by michael monarch (guitars) and rushton moreve (bass). The classic recording Born To Be Wild (written by dennis edmonton, who also played with the band, having joined with mcJohn from The sparrows) is a 60s rock classic, found on countless compilations. it is etched into pop culture folklore by its appearance in the cult movie easy rider, starring Jack nicholson and Peter Fonda. steppenwolf went on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide and also had successes with the Top 10 single magic Carpet ride.
When their version of Hoyt axton’s The Pusher also featured in easy rider, it was met with some criticism because it accompanied a drug deal scene in the film. However, the song actually warns of the perils of dealing and using hard drugs.
classic rock fans will always want to hear the likes of Born To be Wild!
steppenwolf, like many other bands, went through a number of personnel changes during its lifetime before breaking up in 1972, and John kay embarked on a solo career, which never really hit the same heights as the band. several attempts at a reunion were made during the 1970s, including a recording
Steppenwolf with Guild and Rickenbacker guitar and bass