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Discussion in 'The Cellar' started by BanditPanda, Mar 6, 2018.
Cool ,when I was in my last year of high school in the Midwest ,I met some kids ,they were players too. we had out little cult of The Wolf
In my college days (a long time ago), I was a big Steppenwolf fan.
I stopped listening after the Bobby Cochran stint.
My favorite was Larry Byrom and, the very brief, Kent Henry era,
John Kay, from what I recall, was a difficult person to deal with.
I wonder if previous members of Steppenwolf are getting any royalties from this compilation........or have ever received any $'s.
Whoever wrote the songs is certainly getting royalties ( unless they had sold their rights to Kay.)
The initial contract with the record company can cut the $'s to the writer out of the picture.
I'm sure there are hundreds of in's and out's to a recording deal and back then who knows if those guys knew what they were doing however in general the writer will keep his royalties unless as specified above.
My 1st concert, 1970, Steppenwolf.
I have no idea if Goldie McJohn and other original members are still with us or not. I for get his real name, but he took the moniker "Mars Bonsfire" wrote "Born To Be Wild."
I could be wrong but John Fogerty had a huge problem with the company that CCR originally signed with.
John, for a long time, went through legal issues with the songs he wrote.
Tom Petty went to court and sued the record company over the original contract.
The guys in Steppenwolf, other than John Kay, were small fry to the record company.
That was Michael Monarch..........he went on the be signed in the band Detective by Swan Song.
I was led to believe, many many years ago, that a band named "Rags" lost out on the signing with Swan Song due to company budget.
I was told that when I auditioned for Rags..............it could have been BS and/or sour grapes by the band.
Whatever. It's not news. The writer of Born To Be Wild wasn't even in the band.
The writer of Born to be Wild was Dennis Edmonton. He didn't play in the band. He was the brother of the drummer Jerry Edmonton.
I was good friends and a band mate with Goldy McJohn original keyboard player for Steppenwolf a number of years ago. I actually played in his rendition of Steppenwolf a few years back and played a number of gigs with him around the Seattle area. One of the nicest guys I've ever met honestly. Goldy passed away in 2017 from a heart attack and it was a real bummer. Here's a pic of us when we played a new years eve party in Seattle as Goldy Mcjohn and friends. I'm not sure how much of the name and rights Goldy owned but we were able to use "The Born to be Wild Tour" banner. Yes I know my hat is ugly but Goldy always loved it and made me wear it. LOL His real name is John Goadsby. He lived quietly with his wife Sonja around Seattle area. Nice folks!
What? Google Mars Bonfire and you'll find Dennis Edmonton.
This isn't a conspiracy.
I have this one.
I highly recommend it. 2 CD's. It sounds frk'n awesome for a CD, even exceeding my old S7 LP in some ways. The song selection is more than enough to satisfy most SW fans, and it is about $8 on Amazon right now.
I bet I went through 3 8tracks of “Gold.”
I think I still have my original vinyl of the debut album. I know I have my original of “ For Ladies Only.”
The 70s was a lot of fun! Well, as best as I can remember.
-very under rated band that had alot more to offer than Born to be Wild-