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Steppenwolf is a rock band which formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1967. The band originally consisted of John Kay (vocals, guitar), Michael Monarch (guitar), Rushton Moreve (bass), Goldie McJohn (keyboards) and Jerry Edmonton (drums). The band is best known for their hit singles "Born to be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride". They were named after the novel Der Steppenwolf by German author Hermann Hesse.

Frontman John Kay's mother escaped with him at age 4 from Soviet occupied East Germany, an event recounted in the song "Renegade" on the album Steppenwolf Seven. His family resettled in Hannover, West Germany, before moving to Canada in 1958. Kay is partially blind, hence the use of dark glasses

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Michael Wilk
since 1982 Keyboard
Jerry Edmonton
since 1967 till 1976 Unknown
Steve Palmer
since 1980 till 1984 Drum set, Background vocals
Michael Palmer
since 1980 till 1984 Background vocals, Guitar
Goldy McJohn
since 1967 till 1974 Unknown
Larry Byrom
since 1969 till 1972 Unknown
Tony Flynn
since 1977 till 1980 Guitar
Tim Berry
since 1990 till 1993 Drum set
Rushton Moreve
since 1967 till 1969 Unknown
Michael Monarch
since 1967 till 1969 Unknown
Nick St. Nicholas
since 1968 till 1970 Bass
Kent Henry
since 1971 till 1972 Guitar
John Kay
Steve Riley
since 1979 till 1979 Unknown

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