Jerry Edmonton

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Jerry Edmonton
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Edmonton with Steppenwolf, second from left
Background information
Birth nameGerald McCrohan
Born(1946-10-24)October 24, 1946
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
DiedNovember 28, 1993(1993-11-28) (aged 47)
Santa Barbara, California
Genres Hard rock
Heavy metal
Instrumental rock
Funk rock
Folk rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments drums, percussion
Years active1964–1993
Labels Dunhill Records
MCA Records
Associated acts Steppenwolf
The Sparrows
Green Wheels
Steel Rose

Gerald Michael Edmonton (born Gerald McCrohan, October 24, 1946 – November 28, 1993) was the drummer for the rock band Steppenwolf. [1] [2]

Drummer percussionist who creates and accompanies music using drums

A drummer is a percussionist who creates music using drums.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Steppenwolf (band) Canadian-American rock group

Steppenwolf is a Canadian-American rock band, prominent from 1968 to 1972. The group was formed in late 1967 in Los Angeles by lead singer John Kay, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton. Guitarist Michael Monarch and bass guitarist Rushton Moreve were recruited by notices placed in Los Angeles-area record and musical instrument stores.


He was born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. [1] Both his brother Dennis, also known as Mars Bonfire, and he changed their surnames to Edmonton during the 1960s, when they performed in a group called The Sparrows. [3] John Kay and Goldy McJohn joined this group in Toronto in 1965 and, after some more changes in personnel and relocating to California, the group was renamed Steppenwolf. [4]

Ontario Province of Canada

Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for 38.3 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest jurisdiction in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto, which is also Ontario's provincial capital.

Dennis Edmonton, also known by the stage name Mars Bonfire, is a Canadian rock musician and songwriter, best known for writing the hit song "Born to Be Wild" for Steppenwolf.

John Kay (musician) musician

John Kay is a German-Canadian rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist known as the frontman of Steppenwolf.

When Steppenwolf temporarily broke up on February 14, 1972, Edmonton and Steppenwolf organist Goldy McJohn formed the band Seven with singer Lance Gullickson and guitarist Robin Huff. After Seven, Edmonton, and McJohn formed Manbeast with Rod Prince and Roy Cox of Bubble Puppy before Steppenwolf reconvened in 1974 for three albums before breaking up again in 1976. [1]

Organist musician who plays any type of organ

An organist is a musician who plays any type of organ. An organist may play solo organ works, play with an ensemble or orchestra, or accompany one or more singers or instrumental soloists. In addition, an organist may accompany congregational hymn-singing and play liturgical music.

Bubble Puppy is an American psychedelic rock band originally active from 1967 to 1972. They are best remembered for their Top 20 hit, "Hot Smoke & Sasafrass".

Edmonton married former Steppenwolf bandmate Andy Chapin's widow in the 1980s. [1] Edmonton died in a car accident in Santa Ynez, California in 1993. [1]

Andy Chapin was an American keyboardist best known for his short stint with the Ricky Nelson Band, which ended in 1985 when he and his bandmates died after their plane crashed on New Year's Eve in De Kalb, Texas while en route to a performance in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining Ricky Nelson, Chapin had been a member of The Association and before that of Steppenwolf, with whom he'd recorded Hour of the Wolf in 1975, the band's first album recorded without founding keyboardist Goldy McJohn. The official explanation for his departure from Steppenwolf was that he didn't like touring. He was replaced by Wayne Cook.

Studio albums

Capitol Records American record label

Capitol Records, Inc. is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Capitol Music Group imprint. It was founded as the first West Coast-based record label in the United States in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn E. Wallichs. Capitol was acquired by British music conglomerate EMI as its North American subsidiary in 1955. EMI was acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012 and was merged with the company a year later, making Capitol and the Capitol Music Group both a part of UMG. The label's circular headquarter building in Hollywood is a recognized landmark of California.

<i>Steppenwolf</i> (Steppenwolf album) 1968 studio album by Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf is the debut album by Canadian rock band Steppenwolf, released in January 1968 on ABC Dunhill Records.

Dunhill Records was started in 1964 by Lou Adler, Al Bennett, Pierre Cossette and Bobby Roberts as Dunhill Productions to release the music of Johnny Rivers on Imperial Records. It became a record label the following year and was distributed by ABC Records.

Dunhill Records

<i>For Ladies Only</i> 1971 studio album by Steppenwolf

For Ladies Only is the sixth studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. The album was released in November 1971, by Dunhill Records. It is a political concept album mainly about feminism but with several more conventional songs about romance as well, both unusual themes for Steppenwolf. Some critics saw the album as sexist, citing the lyrics of the songs and a photo of a car shaped like a penis alongside the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the gatefold. The album saw the band hinting toward the progressive rock movement that was popular at the time with more complex arrangements and sophisticated keyboard playing, particularly on the title track. Like their previous album, it was accompanied by two minor hit singles which fell just short of the Top 40.

<i>Slow Flux</i> 1974 studio album by Steppenwolf

Slow Flux is an album by Steppenwolf, released in 1974 under the label Epic. In the US it was released on the Mums Records label, a short-lived CBS Records subsidiary. It was the first of three albums the band created after reforming in 1974 before they disbanded again in 1976. "Straight Shootin' Woman" was the last Steppenwolf song to chart on the Billboard magazine Top 40. The song "Children of the Night" notably posits that the hippie movement at this time had died, and president Richard Nixon is referred to as "the fool who believed that wrong is right".

<i>Hour of the Wolf</i> (album) 1975 studio album by Steppenwolf

Hour of the Wolf is the eighth studio album by the Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf, released in 1975. It was the second of their four albums released under the label Epic. Andy Chapin replaced long time keyboardist Goldy McJohn on this album.

Live albums



Release dateA-sideB-sideUS Billboard Hot 100 Peak UK Singles Chart Peak
1967"A Girl I Knew" (Kay/Cavett)"The Ostrich" (Kay)
1968"Born to Be Wild" (Bonfire)"Everybody's Next One" (Kay/Mekler)#2#30
1968"Sookie Sookie" (Covay/Cropper)"Take What You Need" (Kay/Mekler)
1968"Magic Carpet Ride" (Moreve/Kay)"Sookie Sookie" (Covay/Cropper)#3
1969"Rock Me" (Kay)"Jupiter Child" (Monarch/Kay/Edmonton)#10
1969"It's Never Too Late" (St. Nicholas/Kay)"Happy Birthday" (Mekler)#51
1969"Move Over" (Kay/Mekler)"Power Play" (Kay)#31
1969"Monster" (Kay/Edmonton/St. Nicholas/Byrom)"Berry Rides Again" (Kay)#39
1970"Hey Lawdy Mama" (Kay/Byrom/Edmonton)"Twisted" (Kay)#35
1970"Screaming Night Hog" (Kay)"Spiritual Fantasy" (Kay)#62
1970"Who Needs Ya" (Byrom/Kay)"Earschplittenloudenboomer" (Byrom)#54
1970"Snowblind Friend" (Axton)"Hippo Stomp" (Byrom/Kay)
1971"Ride With Me" (Bonfire)"For Madmen Only"#52
1971"For Ladies Only" (Edmonton/Henry/Kay/McJohn)"Sparkle Eyes" (Biondo/Kay)#64
1974"Straight Shootin' Woman" (Edmonton)"Justice Don't Be Slow" (Kay/Richie)#29
1975"Get Into The Wind" (Cochran/Van Beek)"Morning Blue" (Biondo)
1975"Smokey Factory Blues" (Hammond/Hazlewood)"A Fool's Fantasy" (McJohn)
1975"Caroline (Are You Ready)" (Bonfire)"Angeldrawers"
1979"Brand New Key"
1984"Good That You're Gone"

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