Chart Position: 2

  • #31 bestseller for 1968
  • #129 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Mars Bonfire
  • Lead vocals: John Kay
  • Guitar: John Kay and Michael Monarch
  • Keyboards: Goldy McJohn
  • Backing vocals: Jerry Edmonton, Rushton Moreve and Michael Monarch
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Produced by Gabriel Mekler
  • This song became the theme to the film Easy Rider  (1969)
  • The ‘heavy metal thunder’ in the song’s lyrics became the source for Heavy Metal as a rock music genre



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