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The story of Steppenwolf is really a story about the leader of this band, John Kay. John was the driving force behind the band. They band came on the scene in 1968 and disbanded in 1972, but in that short time they created some of the most memorable tunes in rock history, such as:


Born to Be Wild

The Pusher

Magic Carpet Ride

Hey Lawdy Mama

It's Never Too Late

Rock Me

Sookie Sookie

Snowblind Friend

Tenderness

For Ladies Only

Monster

In the early 80's John Kay had to go to court to protect the name Steppenwolf, after he found out it was being used by some of his former band members. He also put a band back together as 'John Kay and Steppenwolf' and began touring again. And he was welcomed back by legions of fans!


Trivia:


The lyrics to The Pusher and Snowblind Friend were written by Hoyt Axton. The lyrics to Snowblind Friend are shown below.

John Kay was born in Germany in 1944 and came to North America in 1958.

The name Steppenwolf was taken from a novel of the same name, written by Herman Hesse.


Words and music by Hoyt Axton


You say it was this morning

when you last saw your good friend

Lyin' on the pavement with a misery on his brain

Stoned on some new potion he found upon the wall

Of some unholy bathroom in some ungodly hall

He only had a dollar to live on 'til next Monday

But he spent it on some comfort for his mind

Did you say you think he's blind?


Someone should call his parents,

a sister or a brother

And they'll come to take him back home on a bus

But he'll always be a problem

to his poor and puzzled mother

Yeah he'll always be another one of us

He said he wanted Heaven

but prayin' was too slow

So he bought a one way ticket

on an airline made of snow

Did you say you saw your good friend flyin' low?

Flyin' low

Dyin' slow


Steppenwolf