Biondo with Steppenwolf, on the right
|Birth name||George Michael Biondo|
|Born||September 3, 1945 (age 74)|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Acid rock, hard rock, psychedelic rock, heavy metal|
|Occupation(s)||Session musician, songwriter|
|Associated acts||The Storybook People|
The John Kay Band
George Michael Biondo (born September 3, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York) was the bass guitarist of the American rock band, Steppenwolf, from April 1970 to October 1976. Though born in New York, he has been based in Southern California throughout his ongoing career as a session musician and songwriter.
Biondo played bass in a Los Angeles area band called Storybook People during which time they released a single on Dunhill Records, which received limited airplay in Los Angeles. In 1968, Biondo replaced Nick St. Nicholas in another Los Angeles area band called T.I.M.E., when St. Nicholas departed for Steppenwolf. After T.I.M.E. guitarist Larry Byrom also left to join Steppenwolf, T.I.M.E. briefly attempted to carry on with Biondo as lead singer, but never released any further recordings.
In early 1970, Biondo replaced St. Nicholas a second time when he joined Steppenwolf for the recording of Steppenwolf 7, contributing lead vocals on "Fat Jack" and co-lead vocals on "Foggy Mental Breakdown" and the chart-hit, "Who Needs Ya'". In 1971, the band released their last new album for Dunhill, For Ladies Only for which Biondo wrote "Sparkle Eyes" with John Kay and "In Hopes of a Garden". He sang lead on the latter, as well as "Jaded Strumpet". When Steppenwolf went on hiatus in 1972, Biondo became a founding member of the John Kay Band, appearing on both of Kay's solo albums on Dunhill Records. When Steppenwolf reconvened in the mid-1970s, Biondo was brought back for the album Slow Flux. Then writing "Two for the Love of One" for the Hour of the Wolf album. Biondo later wrote "Sleep" and co-wrote the instrumental "Lip Service" with Bobby Cochran and Wayne Cook for the Skullduggery album in 1976. In 1981, Biondo added backing vocals to Wolftracks, the first studio album by John Kay and his new band, now under the moniker John Kay & Steppenwolf.
In 1980, Biondo reunited with Steppenwolf cofounder Jerry Edmonton in a band called Steel Rose. A Steel Rose single penned by Biondo, "Good That You're Gone", was released on Dore Records, and featured Biondo on lead vocals. When Steel Rose disbanded in 1984, Biondo returned to writing and freelance club and session work.
- For Ladies Only
- Forgotten Songs and Unsung Heroes
- My Sportin Life ("Sing with the Children" only)
- Slow Flux
- Hour of the Wolf
- Good That You're Gone
- Gold: Their Great Hits
- Rest In Peace
- 16 Greatest Hits
- The ABC Collection
- Reborn To Be Wild
- Born to Be Wild - A Retrospective
- All Time Greatest Hits
- 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Steppenwolf
Universal Music Group
- Steppenwolf Gold
|Release date||A-side||B-side||US Chart Peak||UK Chart Peak|
|1967||"Do You Believe"|
|"Afternoon Glare"||"No Return"|
|1970||"Screaming Night Hog" (Kay)||"Spiritual Fantasy" (Kay)||62|
|"Who Needs Ya" (Byrom/Kay)||"Earschplittenloudenboomer" (Byrom)||54|
|"Snowblind Friend" (Axton)||"Hippo Stomp" (Byrom/Kay)|
|1971||"Ride With Me" (Bonfire)||"For Madmen Only"||52|
|"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)|
|"Smokey Factory Blues" (Hammond/Hazlewood)||"A Fool's Fantasy" (McJohn)|
|"Caroline (Are You Ready)" (Bonfire)||"Angeldrawers"|
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