John Kay

Real Name:
Joachim Fritz Krauledat
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John Kay is the stage name of Joachim Krauledat (born 12 April 1944, Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany, now Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia) a German-born Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist known as the front man of Steppenwolf.

In the Evacuation of East Prussia in early 1945, in harsh winter conditions, his mother first had to flee with the baby boy from the advancing Soviet troops. In 1948, the two also fled from Arnstadt in the East German Soviet occupation zone to resettle in Hanover, West Germany (as recounted in his song "Renegade" on the album Steppenwolf Seven). Located in the British occupation zone, teen aged Joachim, suffering from eyesight problems, listened to music broadcast by the British Forces Broadcasting Service before his family moved to Canada in 1958.

In 1965, he joined a blues rock and folk music group named The Sparrows (later known as The Sparrow), which had moderate success in Canada before moving to California, augmenting its line-up and changing its name to Steppenwolf in 1967. With music that pioneered hard rock and heavy metal, Steppenwolf had international success with songs such as "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", "Monster", "The Pusher", and "Rock Me". This was multiplied by the use of "Born to Be Wild" and "The Pusher" in the 1969 movie Easy Rider.

He recorded both as a solo artist and with Steppenwolf during the late 1970s. As of 2017, John Kay continues to perform with Steppenwolf.
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Albums

SBP 233660 John Kay - John Kay & The Sparrow album art John Kay & The Sparrow John Kay & The Sparrow - John Kay & The Sparrow (Album) Columbia SBP 233660 Australia 1969 Sell This Version
DSX 50120 John Kay - Forgotten Songs & Unsung Heroes album art John Kay Forgotten Songs & Unsung Heroes (Album) Dunhill, ABC Records DSX 50120 US 1972 Sell This Version
DSX-50147, DSX 50147 John Kay - My Sportin' Life album art John Kay My Sportin' Life (Album) ABC/Dunhill Records DSX-50147, DSX 50147 US 1973 Sell This Version
RL 47-3 John Kay - Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys  / My Sportin' Life album art Arlo Guthrie / John Kay Arlo Guthrie / John Kay - Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys / My Sportin' Life(LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL 47-3 US 1973 Sell This Version
SRM-1-3715 John Kay - All In Good Time album art John Kay All In Good Time (Album) Mercury SRM-1-3715 US 1978 Sell This Version
217 John Kay - Meat Loaf, Ambrosia, John Kay & Genya Ravan album art Meat Loaf / Ambrosia (2) / John Kay / Genya Ravan Meat Loaf / Ambrosia (2) / John Kay / Genya Ravan - Meat Loaf, Ambrosia, John Kay & Genya Ravan(LP, Transcription) Rock Around The World 217 US 1978 Sell This Version
6437 147 John Kay - Live In London album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Live In London (Album) Mercury 6437 147 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
LAT 1145 John Kay - Wolftracks album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Wolftracks (Album) Attic, Wolf Records (12) LAT 1145 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
1191 John Kay - Paradox album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Paradox (Album) Attic, Wolf Records (12) 1191 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
DCD 5032 John Kay - Rock & Roll Rebels album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Rock & Roll Rebels (Album) Qwil DCD 5032 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
241066 1 John Kay - Rise And Shine album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Rise And Shine (Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 241066 1 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
47001-4 John Kay - Live At 25 album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Live At 25 (Album) ERA Records 47001-4 Denmark 1995 Sell This Version
CMC 8239092 John Kay - Feed The Fire album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Feed The Fire (Album) CMC Records (7) CMC 8239092 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
ccd 12004, 12004 John Kay - Heretics & Privateers album art John Kay Heretics & Privateers (Album) Crosscut Records ccd 12004, 12004 Germany 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

4-44769 John Kay - Square Headed People album art John Kay Square Headed People Columbia 4-44769 US 1969 Sell This Version
PROBE.41 John Kay - Somebody album art John Kay Somebody (Single) ABC/Dunhill Records PROBE.41 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
PRO 558 John Kay - I'm Movin' On / Walk Beside Me album art John Kay I'm Movin' On / Walk Beside Me (Single) Probe PRO 558 UK 1972 Sell This Version
D-4360 John Kay - Easy Evil album art John Kay Easy Evil (Single) ABC/Dunhill Records D-4360 US 1973 Sell This Version
PRO 593 John Kay - Moonshine (Friend Of Mine) album art John Kay Moonshine (Friend Of Mine) (Single) ABC/Dunhill Records PRO 593 UK 1973 Sell This Version
74004 John Kay - Give Me Some News I Can Use album art John Kay Give Me Some News I Can Use (Single) Mercury 74004 US 1978 Sell This Version
3909 John Kay - Hot Night In A Cold Town album art John Kay And Steppenwolf John Kay And Steppenwolf - Hot Night In A Cold Town (Single) Allegiance 3909 US 1983 Sell This Version
BTS-1360 John Kay - Down To Earth album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Down To Earth(7", Single) Allegiance Records BTS-1360 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
NU 1562 John Kay - Give Me Life album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Give Me Life (Single) Disky NU 1562 US 1987 Sell This Version
NU 1566 John Kay - Rock & Roll Rebels album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Rock & Roll Rebels(12", Single, Promo) Qwil NU 1566 US 1987 Sell This Version
NU 1561 John Kay - Hold On album art John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Hold On(12", Single, Promo) Qwil NU 1561 US 1987 Sell This Version