In the early months of 1971, Steppenwolf celebrated what, by then, was three years of unbroken success by releasing the Gold: Their Great Hits compilation. Within a few weeks, it lived up to its name by becoming their latest gold album.
By September of that year, the Los Angeles rockers were returning to studio work with the release of their sixth LP For Ladies Only. The concept of the record was as bold, for the times, as its title, conceived as a concept album on the subject of feminism.
As it turned out, Steppenwolf's initial heyday was drawing to a close, and For Ladies Only became their last album of new material before they split in 1972, before a successful reunion two years later. But it still gave the band some new chart activity, with the LP itself reaching No. 54 and two singles from it appearing on the Hot 100.
'Born To Be Wild' writer Mars Bonfire's song 'Ride With Me' previewed the album in the summer and reached No. 52. Then 45 years ago exactly on 6 November, 1971, an edit of the title song from For Ladies Only took its bow. A band composition credited to Bonfire's brother Jerry Edmonton, Kent Henry, John Kay and Goldy McJohn, it opened on the Billboard chart at No. 88, right next to Diana Ross' 'I'm Still Waiting' and five places higher than The Who's 'Behind Blue Eyes.'
The single would only reach No. 64, but happily it didn't prove to be Steppenwolf's chart swansong: that later reunion would give them a new top 30 hit in 1974 with 'Straight Shootin' Woman.'