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HILTON BARRED FROM USING ‘BORN TO BE WILD':

July 6, 2004

NEW YORK – It seems that a lot of people have been unable to resist socialite Paris Hilton. But John Kay of the rock group Steppenwolf did.

Kay told a Canadian newspaper that Hilton asked him to let her use the band’s 1968 anthem “Born To Be Wild” on her on-the-road TV show, “The Simple Life.”

Kay said he refused the idea outright.

“There are certain things even a rock and roller will not stoop to, and this is one of them,” Kay told the Toronto Star.

But Steppenwolf has been friendlier to other offers from Hollywood over the years.

The band’s songs, including “Born to Be Wild” appeared on the soundtrack of the classic 1969 road trip film “Easy Rider,” starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.

Courtesy of Associated Press