Jerry Edmonton

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Jerry Edmonton
Edmonton with Steppenwolf, second from left
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
GenresHard rock
Heavy metal
Instrumental rock
Funk rock
Folk rock
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, vocals
Years active1964–1993
LabelsDunhill Records
MCA Records
Associated actsSteppenwolf
The Sparrows
Green Wheels
Steel Rose

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

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]

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]

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]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]



Release date A-side B-side US 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"


  1. ^ a b c d e Talevski, Nick. (2006). Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries. Omnibus Press. p. 151. ISBN 1846090911.
  2. ^ "Canadian Goldy McJohn, founding member of Steppenwolf, has died at 72". National Post. National Post. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  3. ^ "After 40 years, song still gets your motor running". The Star. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  4. ^ "The Story Behind Steppenwolf's 'Magic Carpet Ride'". Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Billboard 200 - Steppenwolf". Archived from the original on February 18, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2018.