Led by John Kay (blessed Joachim Krauledat, Apr 12, 1944), Steppenwolf’s blazing biker anthem “Blessed to Be Crazy” roared away from speakers all around the fiery summer months of 1968, John Kay’s intimidating rasp sounding a mesmerizing contact to arms towards the counterculture movement rapidly sprouting up nationwide. German immigrant Kay got his professional begin in a bluesy Toronto music group called Sparrow, documenting for Columbia in 1966. After Sparrow disbanded, Kay relocated towards the Western world Coast and produced Steppenwolf, named following the Herman Hesse book. “Born to become Outrageous,” their third one on ABC-Dunhill, was immortalized over the soundtrack of Dennis Hopper’s underground film traditional Easy Rider. The song’s mention of “rock thunder” finally provided an assignable name for an rising genre. Steppenwolf’s second monster strike that calendar year, the psychedelic “Magic Floor covering Ride,” as well as the follow-ups “Rock and roll Me,” “Move Over,” and “Hey Lawdy Mama” additional set up the band’s reliability over the hard rock and roll circuit. By the first ’70s, Steppenwolf went out of vapor and disbanded. Kay continuing to record single, as other associates come up with ersatz versions from the music group for touring reasons. During the middle-’80s Kay re-formed his very own edition of Steppenwolf, milling out his strikes (plus some brand-new music) at oldies displays. Nevertheless, are going to appreciated for years to arrive for creating among the supreme gas’n’go rock and roll anthems ever.