Saturday, February 28, 2009
John Kay, "What A Country!"
Joachim Fritz Krauledat was born April 12, 1944, in Tilsit, East Prussia and is better known as John Kay,front man of the group, Steppenwolf.
During the Evacuation of East Prussia in 1945, they had to flee from the Soviet troops. He and his mom fled from Arnstadt in the East German Soviet occupation zone and resettled in Hanover, West Germany. At the age of 14, they imigrated to Canada.
He joined a group known as The Sparrows in 1965, and had some success before moving to California. The band changed its name to Steppenwolf in 1967.
Steppenwolf had international success with songs such as "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", "Monster", "The Pusher", and "Rock Me". John recorded both solo and with Steppenwolf through the late 1970s, and wrapped up Steppenwolf's 40th year of touring with a final gig in October 2007.
This forty year / forty song anthology highlights both the solo career and bands successes. And includeds three rare solo accoustic songs from a NPR radio appearance.
1-20 and 21 - 40.