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John Kay And The Sparrow

Formed in Toronto, Canada, in 1965, Sparrow evolved from an earlier incarnation, Jack London And The Sparrows. The original line-up - Jack London (vocals), Dennis Edmonton (b. Dennis McCrohan, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada; guitar), Jerry Edmonton (b. Jerry McCrohan, 24 October 1946, Canada; drums), Nick St. Nicholas (b. 28 September 1943, Hamburg, Germany; bass) and Art Ayre (organ) - enjoyed a number 1 hit in Canada with ‘If You Don’t Want My Love’, before London left to pursue a poppier direction. Former folk singer John Kay (b. Joachim F. Krauledat, 12 April 1944, Tilsit, Germany) took his place and with the arrival of Goldy McJohn (b. 2 May 1945) in favour of Ayre, the definitive Sparrow was established. The quintet quickly became a leading attraction in Toronto’s Yorkville district, playing a gruff-styled R&B, perfect for Kay’s growled vocals. By contrast, the Sparrow’s singles, ‘Tomorrow’s Ship’ and ‘Green Bottle Lover’, were, respectively, folk rock and garage punk. They moved to Los Angeles in 1967, but split up when neither band nor producer (David Rubinson) were happy with their final series of recordings. Kay, McJohn and Jerry Edmonton then formed Steppenwolf, whose best-known song, ‘Born To Be Wild’, was composed by Dennis Edmonton, under his newly-assumed name, Mars Bonfire. Nick St. Nicholas was a member of Steppenwolf between 1969 and 1970 and the success of this band inspired the release of John Kay And The Sparrow, which comprised of demo recordings made to secure their recording contract with CBS Records.
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Not a fan of Steppenwolf, but Tighten Up Your Wig by these guys sound quite good. Definitely gonna give these guys a chance.
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Gg
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Well me I was Burlington, Colorado working as a migrate field worker....ju s t to experience the situation. ...oh my god they were the bomb..
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Raunchy sexy bluesy perfection.
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In the summer of 1968 I was touring with a garage band from California. We traveled Route 66 and played in numerous small towns. While spending some down time in a small town in Nebraska, we saw the movie Easy Rider. It was a magical time for all of us. Seeing the sights of the Sunset Strip and hearing John Kay and Steppenwolf. Will never forget that time in my life, and always turn the stereo up when Born To Be Wild is playing. Great times remembered.
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The pusher man nuff. Said.
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Cherrific hit from yesteryears! ! !
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Steppenwolf is the most notable example of a band that the R&R Hall of Fame has overlooked. We get Abba, but not Steppenwolf? ! And John Kay (not his christened last name) is continuing to make excellent music on his own today. Check out Youtube or other sources. And tell the HofF what you think while you're at it.
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The full impact of groups like Steppenwolf cannot be felt by today's wimpy Ipad, earbud, and docking system stereos. You need a couple hundred watts of power, and some big-a** speakers. Put on a song like The Pusher, and give it some juice. Now that's what I'm talkin' about.
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Horrible
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John Kaye Forgotten Songs and unsung Heroes Look here go to his site and there's even something on Amazon.
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John Kay is my dad haha, just born about thirty years later than this one! Solicitors used to call all the time thinking it was this John Kay! Gotta love being a "Kay"!
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p.s. the last comment was a different e-mail address I am a lady!
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John Kay is unbelievably cool! He was not noticed enough! I would marry this guy! Dig......... . . . . H I M !
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I guess that this service just want's to provoke commentary through revisionist history of R&R of all things. You can argue it today anyway you want. Just like all history. To suggest that Born to be Wild is a Heavy Metal song to people who came of age during the Easy Rider era is a joke. Hard Rock was in full swing in 1968 and Steppenwolf was a big part of it at that time.
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has a lot of soul
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My only copy of Forgotten Songs was on vinyl and that was eaten by a tornado in 82
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Is their anyone who has a recording of John Kaye "Forgotten Songs and unsung Heroes" ? Please post it .I would like to listen to it. I had the 8 track but it got eaten .........

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