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On This Day


Wednesday 1st July 1981

39 years ago

Rushton Moreve, bass player with Steppenwolf (1968 US No.2 and 1969 UK No.30 single 'Born To Be Wild') was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles. Moreve joined the band in 1967, having responded to a "Bass Player Wanted" notice posted at Wallich's Music City at Vine and Sunset. One of Steppenwolf's most popular songs was "Magic Carpet Ride", a song that evolved out of something Moreve had been working on – a simple but catchy three-note bass line. While the band was recording its second album, Moreve played his song for the band. The band liked it. Writing credits for "Magic Carpet Ride" were assigned to John Kay and Rushton Moreve. This was the only Steppenwolf song Moreve received credit for writing. It was released on the album Steppenwolf the Second.

Rushton Moreve

Rushton Moreve

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