John Kay

John Kay

Real Name:
Joachim Fritz Krauledat
John Kay (born 12 April 1944 as Joachim Fritz Krauledat in Tilsit, East Prussia) is a German 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.

He joined a blues rock and folk music group known as The Sparrows in 1965, 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, Kay's 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.

Kay recorded both as a solo artist and with Steppenwolf during the late 1970s, and wrapped up Steppenwolf's 40th year of touring with a final gig in October 2007.
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John Kay Discography


SBP 233660 John Kay & The Sparrow John Kay & The Sparrow - John Kay & The Sparrow (Album) Columbia SBP 233660 Australia 1969 Sell This Version
DUN M 85120 John Kay Forgotten Songs & Unsung Heroes (Album) ABC/Dunhill Records DUN M 85120 US 1972 Sell This Version
1 C 062-94 459 D John Kay My Sportin' Life (Album) ABC/Dunhill Records 1 C 062-94 459 D Germany 1973 Sell This Version
SRM-1-3715 John Kay All In Good Time (Album) Mercury SRM-1-3715 US 1978 Sell This Version
LAT 1145 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Wolftracks (Album) Attic, Wolf Records (12) LAT 1145 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
1191 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Paradox (Album) Attic, Wolf Records (12) 1191 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
NU 1563 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Rock & Roll Rebels (Album) Qwil NU 1563 US 1987 Sell This Version
241066 1 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Rise And Shine (Album) I.R.S. Records 241066 1 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
5030-4 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Live At 25 (Album) ERA Records 5030-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
10045-2 John Kay & The Steppenwolf* John Kay & The Steppenwolf* - Five Finger Discount(CD, Album) A Play Collection 10045-2 Scandinavia 1996 Sell This Version
CMC 8239092 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Feed The Fire(CD, Album) CMC Records (7) CMC 8239092 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
CCD 12004 John Kay Heretics & Privateers (Album) Crosscut Records CCD 12004 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
RL 47-3 Arlo Guthrie / John Kay Arlo Guthrie / John Kay - Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys / My Sportin' Life(LP, Transcription) AFRTS (Armed Forces Radio & Television Service) RL 47-3 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

4-44769 John Kay Square Headed People Columbia 4-44769 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
PRO 502 John Kay I'm Movin' On / Walk Beside Me (Single) Probe PRO 502 Greece 1972 Sell This Version
D-4319 John Kay Somebody(7", Promo) ABC/Dunhill Records D-4319 US 1972 Sell This Version
PRO 593 John Kay Moonshine (Friend Of Mine) (Single) Dunhill PRO 593 UK 1973 Sell This Version
D-4360 John Kay Easy Evil (Single) ABC/Dunhill Records D-4360 US 1973 Sell This Version
S7PO-13.060 John Kay Easy Evil / Giles Of The River(7", Single) ABC/Dunhill Records S7PO-13.060 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
74004 John Kay Give Me Some News I Can Use (Single) Mercury 74004 US 1978 Sell This Version
NU 1561 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Hold On(12", Single, Promo) Qwil NU 1561 US 1987 Sell This Version
DISK 1081 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Give Me Life(7", Single) Disky DISK 1081 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
24 1068 7 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - We Like It, We Love It (Single) I.R.S. Records 24 1068 7 Europe 1990 Sell This Version


255 146 1 John Kay Lone Steppenwolf (Comp) MCA Records 255 146 1 France 1987 Sell This Version
MCD 10389, MCAD 2-10389 Steppenwolf Featuring John Kay Steppenwolf Featuring John Kay - Born To Be Wild / A Retrospective (Comp) MCA Records, MCA Records, MCA Records MCD 10389, MCAD 2-10389 Europe 1991 Sell This Version

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