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Iron Butterfly

    Iron Butterfly is a U.S. hard rock and psychedelic band, mostly known for their 1968 hit "In-A. Gadda-Da-Vida". They are sometimes called "the first heavy metal band" due to this song and others like it. Their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has reincarnated several times with various members.

    The band was formed in 1966 in San Diego and released their debut album, Heavy, in 1968, after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary. The original members were Doug Ingle, Ron Bushy, Jerry "The Bear" Penrod, Darryl DeLoach and Danny Weis. All but Ingle and B ...read more

    Iron Butterfly is a U.S. hard rock and psychedelic band, mostly known for their 1968 hit "In-A. Gadda-Da-Vida". They are sometimes called "the first heavy metal band" due to this song and others like it. Their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has reincarnated several times with various members.

    The band was formed in 1966 in San Diego and released their debut album, Heavy, in 1968, after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary. The original members were Doug Ingle, Ron Bushy, Jerry "The Bear" Penrod, Darryl DeLoach and Danny Weis. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after recording the first album in late 1967; the remaining musicians, faced with the possibility of the record not being released, quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Erik Brann and resumed touring.

    Weis and Penrod almost immediately went to form the supergroup "Rhinoceros".

    The 17-minute "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", the title track of their second album, became a huge hit that spent over a year in the Top Ten. (Doug Ingle is reported to have said the title was an alcohol. slurred version of "In the Garden of Eden", although this is probably apocryphal; see the page on that song for more.) The members when In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was recorded were Doug Ingle (keyboards and vocals), Lee Dorman (bass guitar), Ron Bushy (drums) and Erik Brann, also Braunn (guitar). The next album, Ball, was less successful, and more lineup changes followed. The band broke up in 1971. Dorman later joined the "supergroup" Captain Beyond.

    The band was booked to play at Woodstock, but got stuck at an airport.

    The band re-formed in 1975 with Ron Bushy and Eric Brann joined by bassist Philip Taylor Kramer and Howard Reitzes. Kramer later made news with his 1995 disappearance and the discovery of his bones in 1999 .

    The famous line-up of In-A-Gadda-da-Vida got together for the Atlantic Recording Corporation's 40th aniversary concert and celebration, appearing on stage along with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, and with Aretha Franklin among many other acts of the company's roster in 1987.

    On July 31, 2003 Erik Brann died of cardiac failure at the age of 52.

    As of 2004, the group is once again re-formed, and is touring with early members Ron Bushy and Lee Dorman.

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    LPs
    Sun and Steel
    1975

    2.4
    5 Votes
    Scorching Beauty
    1974

    2.3
    6 Votes
    Metamorphosis
    1970

    3.4
    11 Votes
    Ball
    1969

    3.2
    11 Votes
    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
    1968

    3.6
    139 Votes
    Heavy
    1968

    3.5
    27 Votes
    Live Albums
    Fillmore East 1968
    2011

    Live
    1970

    2.5
    3 Votes
    Compilations
    In-A-Gada-Aa-Vida (Deluxe Edition)
    1995

    4.2
    18 Votes
    Light and Heavy: The Best of Iron Butterfly
    1993

    4
    2 Votes
    Star Collection
    1973

    2
    1 Votes
    Evolution: The Best of Iron Butterfly
    1971

    3.5
    1 Votes

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