|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (September 2012)|
|Birth name||Dennis Eugene McCrohan|
|Also known as||Dennis Edmonton|
April 21, 1943 |
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
|Associated acts||Steppenwolf, The Sparrows|
Dennis Edmonton (born 21 April 1943 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada), also known by the stage name Mars Bonfire, is a Canadian rock musician and songwriter, best known for writing the hit song "Born to Be Wild" for Steppenwolf.
Born Dennis Eugene McCrohan, he and his brother Jerry changed their surnames to Edmonton in the early 1960s. The brothers were part of a band called The Sparrows which later evolved into Steppenwolf. Another member of The Sparrows was Bruce Palmer, who later became a member of Buffalo Springfield.
Bonfire embarked on a solo career while his brother Jerry became the drummer for Steppenwolf. After leaving the band, he often collaborated with Kim Fowley, co-writing and recording on the recordings of Fowley and artists associated with Fowley.
Songs by Mars Bonfire recorded by Steppenwolf include:
- "Born to Be Wild" (Steppenwolf, 1968)
- "Faster Than The Speed of Life" (The Second, 1968)
- "Ride with Me" (For Ladies Only, 1971)
- "Tenderness" (For Ladies Only, 1971)
- "The Night Time's for You" (co-write w/Morgan Cavett, For Ladies Only, 1971)
- "Caroline (Are You Ready for the Outlaw World)" (Hour of the Wolf, 1975)
- "Mars Bonfire Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- Bonfire, Mars (1968). "Mars Bonfire". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11.
- Bonfire, Mars (1969). "Faster Than the Speed of Life". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11.