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Formed: 1967 in Los Angeles, Ca
Disbanded: 1972
Active: '60s-2010s Major
Styles: Acid Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic Major
Members: Goldy McJohn, George Biondo, John Kay, Jerry Edmonton, Mars Bonfire, Nick St. Nicholas Representative
Albums: "Born to Be
Wild: A Retrospective", "16 Greatest Hits", "Steppenwolf/Steppenwolf the Second" Representative
Songs: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", "The Pusher"

UPC Type Title
076741704927 (i) CD 16 Greatest Hits
008811206321 CD All Time Greatest Hits
076732166826 CD At Your Birthday
5017261203366 (i) CD At Your Birthday Party/Steppenwolf 7
600753051610 (i) CD Best of-Green Series
8712177740161 (i) CD Born to Be Wild
602498408698 (i) CD Colour Collection
5017261206916 (i) CD Early Steppenwolf/for Ladies Only
076743135422 CD For Ladies Only
4988005758422 (i) CD For Ladies Only
602498629468 CD Gold
600753196762 (i) CD Legends of Rock
076732601327 CD Live Steppenwolf
4988005712264 (i) CD Masterpiece Collection
008811195427 CD Millennium Collection-20th Century Masters
076743132827 CD Monster
5017261201263 (i) CD Monster
829421210122 CD Slow Flux/Hour of the Wolf/Skullduggery
076731102023 CD Steppenwolf
076731102122 CD Steppenwolf the Second
076732159828 CD Steppenwolf 7
5017261204509 (i) CD Steppenwolf/Steppenwolf the Second
008811301026 (i) CD Steppenwolf: Collection
5017261204127 (i) CD Steppenwolf Live
753088500268 SACD Steppenwolf

Biography: Led by John Kay (born Joachim Krauledat, April 12, 1944), Steppenwolf's blazing biker anthem "Born to Be Wild" roared out of speakers everywhere in the fiery summer of 1968, John Kay's threatening rasp sounding a mesmerizing call to arms to the counterculture movement rapidly sprouting up nationwide. German immigrant Kay got his professional start in a bluesy Toronto band called Sparrow, recording for Columbia in 1966. After Sparrow disbanded, Kay relocated to the West Coast and formed Steppenwolf, named after the Herman Hesse novel. "Born to Be Wild," their third single on ABC-Dunhill, was immortalized on the soundtrack of Dennis Hopper's underground film classic Easy Rider. The song's reference to "heavy metal thunder" finally gave an assignable name to an emerging genre. Steppenwolf's second monster hit that year, the psychedelic "Magic Carpet Ride," and the follow-ups "Rock Me," "Move Over," and "Hey Lawdy Mama" further established the band's credibility on the hard rock circuit. By the early '70s, Steppenwolf ran out of steam and disbanded. Kay continued to record solo, as other members put together ersatz versions of the band for touring purposes. During the mid-'80s Kay re-formed his own version of Steppenwolf, grinding out his hits (and some new songs) at oldies shows. Nevertheless, they'll be remembered for generations to come for creating one of the ultimate gas'n'go rock anthems of all time. ~ Bill Dahl & Cub Koda, Rovi