Personalities | Steppenwolf | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1967–72, 1974–76, 1980–present)

After they migrated from Toronto to Los Angeles, Steppenwolf scored a million-seller with the 1968 biker anthem ‘Born To Be Wild’. With ‘The Pusher’, it was also a highlight of 1969’s Easy Rider film soundtrack. Other hits included self-penned ‘Magic Carpet Ride’, ‘Rock Me’ and 1970’s ‘Hey Lawdy Mama’. Ebbing record sales led to brief disbandment in the mid-1970s, but, with German-born vocalist John Kay (Joachim Krauledat) the only original member, the group remain a potent draw on the 1960s nostalgia circuit, especially in Europe.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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