Carver’s Collection: Throwdown, Throwback Thursday featuring Iron Butterfly!


Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly was formed in 1966 in San Diego, California. The quartet emerged during the psychedelic music era.  They were one of the American bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Blue Cheer, Steppenwolf and Vanilla Fudge, who defined the heavy rock sound. The musical influence was noticed by other bands such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, who quickly burst onto the music scene.

Their sound with a Vox Continental organ (along with Vanilla Fudge’s Hammond B-3), contained a heavy keyboard vibe. This inspired other bands such as Deep Purple and Uriah Heep to include the beefier, Hammond B-3 organ into their music.  Thus, the “New Wave of British heavy metal” ensued.

Iron Butterfly’s debut album, ‘Heavy’ on Atco Records (a division of Atlantic Records) received notable interest from fans.  Their second album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’, featured a 17-minute version of the title tune which exploded the music scene. The keyboard, guitar and drum solos within In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” are a delight!

To meet radio airplay standards, the tune was edited down below 3-minutes. A subsequent version was edited to 5-minutes in length (with only one guitar and drum solo).  The same two keyboard interludes are included in each edited version.

Throwdown, Throwback Thursday with Iron Butterfly!

Iron Butterfly performing  ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’.

Video Source: Pauloget/YouTube

The Classic-up of Iron Butterfly featured on the recording of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’: Doug Ingle (keyboards, lead vocals), Ron Bushy (drums, percussion) Erik Brann (guitars, backing vocals) and Lee Dorman (bass, backing vocals).

Historic Facts:

  • The album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ has sold over 30-million copies.
  • The record is one of the worlds 40 best- selling albums of all time.
  • The song was written by keyboardist, Doug Ingle.
  • The tune was suppose to be called: “In The Garden of Eden”.
  • 60 different band members have performed in Iron Butterfly between 1966-2017.
  • The bands scheduled appearance at Woodstock was cancelled due to a plane delay in New York City.
  • Bassist, Lee Dorman and (ex-) guitarist, Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt departed in 1971, to form Captain Beyond with (ex-Deep Purple) singer, Rod Evans.
  • Erik Brann passed-away in 2003.
  • Lee Dorman died from heart failure in 2012.
  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” appears in 26 different Movies/TV shows.
  • In May of 2018, the record album will be 50 years-old.
  • Iron Butterfly continues to tour with various formations of band members.
  • Several dates are scheduled in 2018!

This ends todays music history lesson. Stay tuned for more content daily (when possible)!

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In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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