And then, track # 2 - following the lead-off 'Swimming' - was 'Women Around the World At Work' which served as the perfect flow to begin the album. Both 'Swimming' and 'Women Around the World At Work' were released as singles - along with 'You Sold the Cottage' which was on side 2 of the LP.
Well, to begin with, John Kay - the lead singer, who was born in Germany, moved to Toronto and joined 'The Sparrows' , who frequently played in Yorkville's (ie: The Village) Bars and Coffee Houses. I remember well at the age of 17 standing outside on a Friday night listening to the music filter out.
Additionally, the song was written by Dennis Edmonton (who would change his name to Mars Bonfire), a native of Oshawa, Ontario and a member of The Sparrows also - and was written during the Sparrows time but not recorded until the Sparrows had disbanded and Steppenwolf had formed.
Here's one of of the best bands ever to come out of this country ( ok, they got their start with a couple of Americans, and the drummer's from Arkansas....but still, 80% Canadian. And all their songs were written by a Canadian.)