Joachim Fritz Krauledat is celebrating his 74th birthday today. Joachim was born…

Written by on April 12, 2018


Joachim Fritz Krauledat is celebrating his 74th birthday today. Joachim was born in, Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany, now Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast,Russia. You will know him better as the frontman / singer for Steppenwolf, John Kay.

John was born with a congenital disorder called achromatopsia; complete color blindness; a defect of the cone cells in the eyes which causes him to see only with his rod cells and thus only in black and white and grey=shades, and causes increased sensitivity to light, so he wears sunglasses regardless of time of day, and during his concerts. His eye condition qualified him as legally blind.

And that sure as hell didn’t stop him from Rockin’. Here’s kind of an age old question, but since it’s his birthday we thought we’d revisit it. Do you think that John was responsible for the term “Heavy Metal” as it applies to music?

Happy Birthday John!!




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