Rushton Moreve

Rushton Moreve

Birth
Death 1 Jul 1981 (aged 32)
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 23125572 · View Source
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Rock Musician. He is best remembered as the bass player of the popular and highly influential rock group Steppenwolf. Born John Russell Morgan in Los Angeles, California, Moreve was a struggling nineteen year old musician in 1967 when he saw a notice posted at the Walich's Music City Store on Vine and Sunset for a band seeking a bass player. Immediately Moreve made a demo and sent it off. The demo which Moreve had been working on included a catchy three-note bass line. Invited by lead singer John Kay, and other Steppenwolf band members Michael Monarch, Jerry Edmonton, and Goldy McJohn, to audition for the band in person, Moreve simply sang one line, "I Like My Job, I Like My Baby." Kay, very impressed by what he heard took the demo home, made a quick tape of it, and wrote the rest of the lyrics in less then twenty minutes. The single which they named, "Magic Carpet Ride" was released on their second album, "Steppenwolf The Second" in 1968, and would go onto become one of their greatest hits. According to Kay later on, he simply said that Moreve was a 'intuitive bassist with a melodic style that brought a non-commercial sound to Steppenwolf.' Besides Magic Carpet Ride their other hits included, "Resurrection", "Reflections", "None Of Your Doing", "Faster Thatn The Speed Of Life", "Lost And Found By Trial And Error", "Spiritual Fantasy", and "Born To Be Wild." In 1969, after two years Moreve quit the band or was fired after refusing to board a flight back to California, in fears that the plane would crash into the Pacific Ocean. He was replaced as bassist by former Sparrows member Nick St. John, before the group disbanded in 1972. In 1978, Moreve teamed up with original keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and formed a new Steppenwold lineup. Unfortunately though Rushton Moreve died in a motorcycle accident in Santa Barbara, California, in 1981, at the young age of 32.


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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 26 Nov 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 23125572
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rushton Moreve (6 Nov 1948–1 Jul 1981), Find a Grave Memorial no. 23125572, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) .