Music Diary – 28th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 28th November!

Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf)

Jerry Edmonton (24th October 1946 – 28th November 1993)

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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Music Diary – 28th October

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 28th October!

Bill Berry (R.E.M.)

Bill Berry (R.E.M.)

On the 28th October 1997, R.E.M. drummer William Thomas „Bill“ Berry announced that he is going to leave the band. In the official announcement he said: „I’ve been playing the drums since age nine. I’m at a point in my life where my priorities have shifted. I loved my 17 years with R.E.M. but I’m ready to … move on to a different phase of my life.“ Berry has been becoming a farmer after his good-bye.

Born on the 31st July 1958, Bill Berry and his friend Mike Mills (Bass) met Michael Stipe (Vocals) and Peter Buck (Guitar) in Athens, Georgia. The four young musicians started playing songs together and on the 5th April 1980 the first performance happened on a friend’s birthday party. Shortly after that the group was baptised R.E.M. and the quartet played more and more concerts and a tour through the Southern United States followed. In summer 1981 the first single „Radio Free Europe“ was released and the initial pressings of one thousand copies were sold quickly. The song is also the opener on the debut album „Murmur“ (1983). Berry’s drumming is also featured on the R.E.M. LPs „Reckoning“ (1984), „Fables of the Reconstruction“ (1985), „Lifes Rich Pageant“ (1986), „Document“ (1987), „Green“ (1988), „Out of Time“ (feat. the megahit „Losing my Religion„)(1991), „Automatic for the People“ (1992), „Monster“ (1994) and „New Adventures in Hi-Fi“ (1996).

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