Canadian Goldy McJohn, founding member of Steppenwolf, has died at 72

One of the Canadian founding members of Steppenwolf, the band best known for the classic-rock staples “Born to be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride,” has died.

Keyboard player Goldy McJohn, whose given name was John Goadsby, died on Tuesday of a heart attack, according to a post on his Facebook page. He was 72.

A funeral service has been scheduled for next Friday in Seattle.

McJohn and lead singer John Kay were among the founding members of Steppenwolf.

The band got its start in Toronto and found huge success with its 1968 self-titled debut album that included the hits “Born to Be Wild” and “The Pusher.”

Steppenwolf had been shortlisted for inclusion in the 2017 induction class for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but was ultimately not selected.

While the band’s lineup included a number of musicians over the years, the rock hall’s bio of the group named McJohn, Kay, as well as Canadians Jerry Edmonton and Nick St. Nicholas among the core members.


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