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Steppenwolf are a Canadian-American rock group that was prominent in the late 1960s. The group was formed in 1967 in Los Angeles by vocalist John Kay, after the dissolution of Toronto group The Sparrows. The name-change from The Sparrows to Steppenwolf was suggested to John Kay by Gabriel Mekler, being inspired by Hermann Hesse's novel of the same name. The band finally rocketed to worldwide fame after their third single "Born to Be Wild" was released in 1968, as well as their version of Hoyt Axton's "The Pusher" and were prominently used in the 1969 cult film Easy Rider. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The band has sold more than 25 million records worldwide, releasing eight gold albums and twelve Billboard Hot 100 singles of which six were Top 40 hits. There were several changes in the group's personnel after the first few years. Moreve was fired from the group in 1968 for missing gigs after he became afraid to return to Los Angeles, convinced that it was going to be leveled by an earthquake and fall into the sea. Rob Black filled in for Moreve until former fellow-Sparrow Nick St. Nicholas came aboard. The band broke up in 1972 following the release of another political concept album, For Ladies Only, and Kay went on to an inconsistent solo career, scoring a minor solo hit in 1972 with "I'm Movin' On". Steppenwolf reformed in 1974 with its core lineup of Kay, Edmonton and McJohn, along with longtime bassist Biondo and newcomer Bobby Cochran, Eddie Cochran's nephew. From 1977 until 1980 there were a variety of Steppenwolfs put out on the road by concert promoter David Pesnell. A new studio album, produced by Phil Spector, was attempted in 1978 but abandoned due to Pesnell and Spector's hateful relationship. The relationship ended with a well documented fist fight between the two at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in which Pesnell sent Spector to the hospital where he stayed for three nights. After hearing of these other Steppenwolf incarnations, John Kay was furious since an original agreement among the band members in the early 1970s stated that anyone leaving forfeited any rights on the group's name, while the last original members standing when the group disbanded would have exclusive claims on the name hereafter. Kay then took to the road in 1980 with a new lineup as John Kay & Steppenwolf. Today, frontman John Kay is the only original member left, having served as lead singer for more than 40 years since 1967.

MEMBERS STEPPENWOLF:

John Kay - Vocals
Goldy McJohn replaced by Andy Chapin and Wayne Cook - Keyboards
Michael Monarch replaced by Larry Byrom and Bobby Cochran - Guitar
Jerry Edmonton - Drums
Rushton Moreve replaced by Nick St. Nicholas and George Biondo - Bass

BEST LINK:

Official John Kay & Steppenwolf website



Atlee / The Grass Roots
Steppenwolf: Snow Blind Friend / Mama Cass Elliot
Mexico
Capitol EPEM-10479
Value: 15

Ballad Of Easy Rider
Born To Be Wild / The Pusher
Portugal
Stateside 8E016-91449 M
Value: 25

Born To Be Wild
Everybody's Next One
Denmark
Dunhill ABC SS 8017
Value: 15

Born To Be Wild
Everybody's Next One
France
Stateside 2C006-90169
Value: 10
REISSUE

Born To Be Wild
Everybody's Next One
France
RCA Victor 49915
Value: 15

Born To Be Wild
Magic Carpet Ride
Germany
ABC Records 17840 AT
Value: 5
REISSUE

Born To Be Wild
Everybody's Next One
Germany
RCA Victor 45-15068
Value: 20

Born To Be Wild
Everybody's Next One
Germany
Columbia 1C006-90169
Value: 10
REISSUE

Born To Be Wild
Magic Carpet Ride
Holland
Probe 5C006-93864
Value: 15
ORANGE SLEEVE

Born To Be Wild
Magic Carpet Ride
Holland
Probe 5C006-93864
Value: 20
GREEN SLEEVE

Born To Be Wild
The Pusher
Japan
ABC Records YK-879-AB
Value: 25
REISSUE

Born To Be Wild
The Pusher
Japan
Stateside HR-2457
Value: 20
REISSUE

Born To Be Wild
Everybody's Next One
Japan
RCA Victor SS-1834
Value: 40

Born To Be Wild
Move Over
Peru
Odeon 10875
Value: 5

Born To Be Wild
Everybody's Next One
Spain
RCA Victor 3-10340
Value: 10

Born To Be Wild
Everybody's Next One
Sweden
Stateside SS 8017
Value: 20

Born To Be Wild
The Pusher
USA
Goldies D-1436
Value: 10
REISSUE

Born To Be Wild / Everybody's Next One
Sookie Sookie / Take What You Need
Australia
RCA 20484
Value: 50

Born To Be Wild / Everybody's Next One
Sookie Sookie / A Girl I Knew
Mexico
RCA Victor MKE 1072
Value: 25

Born To Be Wild / Move Over
Magic Carpet Ride / Sookie Sookie
Israel
Stateside Isradisc SI 2004
Value: 40

Born To Be Wild / Move Over
Magic Carpet Ride / Rock Me
Mexico
Capitol EPEM-10375
Value: 35

Born To Be Wild / Rock Me
Magic Carpet Ride / Monster
Japan
Stateside HP-4591
Value: 45

Born To Be Wild / Sookie Sookie
Magic Carpet Ride / The Pusher
UK
ABC Records abe 12008
Value: 5
REISSUE

Born To Be Wild / The Pusher
Rock Me / Magic Carpet Ride
Mexico
ABC Records EXI 40157
Value: 20

Faster Than The Speed Of Life / None Of Your Doing / Hodge, Podge, Strained Through A Leslie
Tighten Up Your Wig / 28 / Lost And Found By Trial And Error
USA
Dunhill LP-DS-50037
Value: 50
MINI LP

Faster Than The Speed Of Live
None Of Your Doing
Germany
Probe 1C006-95876
Value: 5

For The Ladies Only
Sparkle Eyes
Denmark
Probe PRO 544
Value: 20

For The Ladies Only
Sparkle Eyes
Germany
Probe 1C006-93031
Value: 15

For The Ladies Only
Sparkle Eyes
Holland
Probe 5C006-93031
Value:

For The Ladies Only
Sparkle Eyes
Japan
Stateside HR-2938
Value: 25

For The Ladies Only
Sparkle Eyes
Norway
Probe 7E006-93031
Value: 35

For The Ladies Only
Sparkle Eyes
Portugal
Stateside 8E006-93031
Value: 20

For The Ladies Only
Sparkle Eyes
Spain
Stateside 1J006-93031
Value: 15

For The Ladies Only
Sparkle Eyes
Sweden
Probe 4E006-93031
Value: 20

Forty Days And Forty Nights / Screaming Night Hog
Who Needs Ya / Snow Blind Friend
Brazil
Odeon 7 ID 14007
Value: 35

Free: All Right Now / Blues Image: Ride Captain Ride
CCR: Up Around The Bend / Steppenwolf: Hey Lawdy Mama
Iran
TOP4 EX 4352
Value: 40

Gitte / Ray Miller
Christian Anders / Steppenwolf: Move Over
Germany
SR International HI-FI 42791
Value: 15

Herman's Hermits: Busy Line / I Understand
Engelbert Humperdinck: Les Bicyclettes De Belsize / Steppenwolf: Magic Carpet Ride
Thailand
RTA Records CT 909
Value: 30

Herman's Hermits: It's Alright Now / Here Comes The Star
Steppenwolf: Move On Over / 1910 Fruitgum Co.: The Train
Malaysia
Jarguar JEP-1016
Value: 25

Hey Lawdy Mama
Twisted
Denmark
Stateside 6E006-91371
Value: 15

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