Mars Bonfire

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Mars Bonfire
Birth name Dennis Eugene McCrohan
Also known as Dennis Edmonton
Born (1943-04-21) April 21, 1943 (age 73)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments guitar
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.[1]


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.

On June 22, 2015, Bonfire was awarded the Cultural Impact Award by SOCAN at the 2015 SOCAN Awards in Toronto for the song "Born to be Wild".[2]


Songs by Mars Bonfire recorded by Steppenwolf include:


  • Mars Bonfire (1968)[3]
  • Faster Than the Speed of Life (1969)[4]


  1. ^ "Mars Bonfire Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
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  3. ^ Bonfire, Mars (1968). "Mars Bonfire". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  4. ^ Bonfire, Mars (1969). "Faster Than the Speed of Life". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 

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