Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 28th November!
On the 28th November 1993, Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton died at the age of 47. He was killed in a car crash in Santa Barbara, California. Jerry’s real name was Gerald McCrohan (born on the 24th October 1946 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada). With his brother Dennis Eugene (who changed his name into Mars Bonfire), he was performing in Toronto in a band called Sparrow. Singer John Kay and keyboarder Goldy McJohn joined this group in 1965 and after some personal changes and moving to California the band was renamed in Steppenwolf.
With the third single „Born to be wild“ (1968) they recorded a real rock classic and a motorcycle hymn, which was also featured in the movie „Easy Rider“ (1969). Until the first break-up in 1972, Steppenwolf recorded more hits like „The Pusher“ and „Magic Carpet Ride„.
In 1974 the first band reunion featuring Johny Kay, Jerry Edmonton, Goldy McJohn with George Biondo (bass) and Bobby Cochran (nephew of Eddie Cochran) on lead guitar took place – this line-up consited until the next split iIn 1976. Jerry didn’t join further band reunions which happened all over the years by John Kay.
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