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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
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Albums by
Steppenwolf

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    30 songs

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    Gold

    18 songs

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    All Time Greatest Hits

    11 songs

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    Steppenwolf

    12 songs

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    Steppenwolf the Second

    10 songs

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    For Ladies Only

    8 songs

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    Hour of the Wolf

    7 songs

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    Monster

    9 songs

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    Steppenwolf 7

    13 songs

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    At Your Birthday Party

    10 songs

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

    34 songs

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    Born to Be Wild: A Retrospective

    15 songs

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    Live in Louisville

    6 songs

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    Early Steppenwolf [Remastered]

    13 songs

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    Live [MCA]

    8 songs

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    Magic Carpet Ride

    16 songs

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    Born to Be Wild

    10 songs

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    Slow Flux

    10 songs

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    Rock & Roll Rebels

    10 songs

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    Paradox

    10 songs

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    Wolftracks

    10 songs

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    Reborn to Be Wild

    13 songs

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    At Your Birthday Party

    8 songs

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    Move Over

    8 songs

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    Skullduggery

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Top Songs by
Steppenwolf

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Born to Be Wild
  3.   Magic Carpet Ride
  4.   The Pusher
  5.   Rock Me
  6.   Don't Step on the Grass, Sam
  7.   It's Never Too Late
  8.   Sookie Sookie
  9.   Monster/Suicide/America
  10.   Snowblind Friend
  11.   Jupiter's Child
  12.   Move Over
  13.   Desperation
  14.   Screaming Night Hog
  15.   Power Play
  16.   Draft Resister
  17.   Who Needs Ya
  18.   Ball Crusher
  19.   Hootchie Kootchie Man
  20.   None of Your Doing
  21.   Hey Lawdy Mama
  22.   Dance to My Song by John Kay
  23.   Corina, Corina
  24.   Resurrection
  25.   What Would You Do (If I Did That to You)
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Steppenwolf

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    Burn One Down

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    Family Road Trip

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    '60s Rock

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    '60s Hits

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    Gruden's Groove: I Am The DJ

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    Classic Rock BBQ

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    Southern Rock

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    Oldies

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    Jimi Hendrix: DNA

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    Led Zeppelin: DNA

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    '60s Deep Dive

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    '70s Rock


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