Goldy McJohn

May 2, 1945August 1, 2017

Our hearts weep as we announce the passing of Goldy McJohn, Founding Father of Steppenwolf. Goldy suffered a sudden and fatal heart attack the morning of August 1st, 2017. The family thanks all of those who have protected their privacy leading up to this announcement while they dealt with this unexpected loss.

Information regarding services will be announced as it becomes available. However, Goldy’s next performance was to take place at a benefit concert honoring legendary drummer, Alvin Taylor, with good friends Terry Ilous, and Harold Brown among others. It is at the very core of his wife, Sonja’s beliefs that Goldy would have wanted this show to go on. This concert, in full agreement of all participating, will now also stand as a tribute to Goldy and the indelible mark he has left on the world of Rock and Roll and the lives of all those who knew and loved him.

Goldy had been an active and enthusiastic mentor for Stand Up for the Music, working closely with HungryGenius managing partner, Anthony Spadaro.

"Goldy was an amazing soul and an incredible artist, and just plain fun. May his legacy live on forever." - Anthony Spadaro

"I connected with him immediately, may his transition be smooth." - Harold Brown

"Long live rock and roll. Love you Goldy." - Terry Ilous


  • Visitation Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Goldy McJohn's Legends and Locals Benefit Friday, September 1, 2017

Goldy McJohn

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Dean Lester

November 7, 2017

Goldy was a huge influence along with the other members of Steppenwolf in 1970 when I first played the Live album. After many years of playing bass, due to a spine condition I switched to keyboard because I could no longer strap on that bass. I wrote to him via his facebook page and he replied to me, giving me the encouragement to continue on. Thanks to you my friend for providing me the music and inspiration. Hope to see you on the other side sometime.

Tom Roaddog

September 4, 2017

I played Steppenwolf all day today in honor of the Goldster. R I P my friend......

Diane Greenlee

August 22, 2017

I saw him in 1972 in Sacramento. Saw and met him in 2016 and took pics. The most exciting time of my life. He was so personable and he got to sit on my husbands beautiful BigDog motorcycle which Goldy loved! I've kept those memories close to me. My heartfelt condolences to Sonja and his family.

Dave Ohlson

August 17, 2017

Loved his music in Steppenwolf, I remember listening in 68 tosookie sookie, and his playing blew me away. Was a fan ever since. Really blown away to hear he passed away. Was able to send some messages thru Facebook and he responded. God bless your family in this difficult time. He touched a lot of people!

August 12, 2017

May "The God of all comfort" be with the family at this difficult time.
2 Cor 1:3

Don Lambirth

August 12, 2017

I got to know Goldy at my job. He was a customer and I always looked forward to seeing him when he came in. I loved listening to his stories and sometimes he'd bring me a CD of his latest projects. He was very personable. Always wanted to know how my family was doing. I loved hearing him laugh. I told him that my family and I were doing an outreach in the Philippines and helping families in the dumpsites and he brought me a box of toys to give to those kids. That meant so much to me. I was at his birthday party last year and it was such a treasure to watch him playing music. You could tell that it brought him such joy. I will really miss him. Sonja, I am so sorry for your loss.

Sandra Colby

August 11, 2017

My first musical remembrance is sing to Steppenwolf


August 11, 2017

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Goldy. Rest assured life is precious to our Creator. He promises to act in our behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:26

Matt Logsdon

August 10, 2017

Goldy,We had a lot of fun talking.I will miss you Bro..Rock On!

Matt Logsdon

August 10, 2017

Goldy ...We had a lot of fun talking.I will miss you Bro..Rock On....Matt Logsdon