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Classic lineup of Iron Butterfly in 1969: from left to right Doug Ingle (organ, lead vocals), Ron Bushy (drums, percussion), Lee Dorman (bass, backing vocals), Erik Braunn (guitars, backing and occasional lead vocals)
Background information
Origin San Diego, California, US
Genres
Years active1966–1971, 1974–1985, 1987–2012, 2015–present
Labels Atco, MCA, Purple Pyramid Records
Associated acts Captain Beyond, Rhinoceros
Website ironbutterflyband.com
Members Ron Bushy
Eric Barnett
Martin Gerschwitz
Michael Green
Dave Meros
Ray Weston
Past members See "Former members"

Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music. Formed in San Diego, California, among band members who used to be "arch enemies", their heyday was the late 1960s, but the band has been reincarnated with various members with varying levels of success, with no new recordings since 1975. The band's seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world's 40 best-selling albums, selling more than 30 million copies. [4] [ dead link ] Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA platinum album award. [5]

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Iron Butterfly song

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is a song recorded by Iron Butterfly and written by bandmember Doug Ingle, released on their 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

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History

Formation and Heavy (1966–1968)

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Ron Bushy, Iron Butterfly performing "In a Gadda da Vida", Germany, May 2005

The band formed in 1966 in San Diego. [6] The original members were Doug Ingle (vocals, organ, formerly of Jeri and the Jeritones and Palace Pages, Iron Butterfly's forerunner), Jack Pinney (drums), Greg Willis (bass) and Danny Weis (guitar, also of Palace Pages). [7] Ingle has said in interviews over the years that he had heard of the Iron Butterfly moniker being used briefly by another band from the San Francisco Bay area and liked its "light and heavy" connotation. They were soon joined by tambourine player and vocalist Darryl DeLoach. DeLoach's parents' garage on Luna Avenue served as the site for their almost nightly rehearsals.

Douglas Lloyd Ingle is a founding member and, formerly, organist, primary composer and lead vocalist for the band Iron Butterfly. He also had a short stint with the pop group Stark Naked and the Car Thieves in the early 1970s after he left Iron Butterfly.

Danny Weis is an American guitarist, best known as a founding member of both Iron Butterfly and Rhinoceros, as well as co-writer of Rhinoceros's only charting single, "Apricot Brandy". Though he left Iron Butterfly after only one album due to internal tensions, his work was an influence in the band for most of their history, since his replacement Erik Brann made a conscious effort to imitate his playing. Weis later recounted "Erik Braunn replaced me in Iron Butterfly, and if I remember correctly, he bought a lot of my equipment, some of my clothes, they tried to clone me basically..."

San Francisco Bay bay on the California coast of the United States

San Francisco Bay is a shallow estuary in the US state of California. It is surrounded by a contiguous region known as the San Francisco Bay Area, and is dominated by the large cities of San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland.

Jerry Penrod replaced Willis after the band relocated to Los Angeles in the summer of 1966 when the Willis family refused to allow Greg to move to LA due to his young age. Pinney stayed around a little longer but eventually left as well to return to school. Bruce Morse then became the group's new drummer until Ron Bushy (from a group called the Voxmen) came aboard when Morse left due to a family emergency (Bruce later returned to take Bushy's spot in the Voxmen). A booking at Bido Lito's club on the Sunset Strip soon led to regular appearances at the Galaxy Club and the Whisky a Go Go.[ citation needed ]

Jerry "The Bear" Penrod is a bass player. He was a member of Iron Butterfly and Rhinoceros. In addition to playing bass with Iron Butterfly, he contributed one of the lead vocals on their song "Look for the Sun".

Ron Bushy American drummer

Ron Bushy is the drummer of the rock band Iron Butterfly. He is the only member of the group to appear on all six of their studio albums.

Sunset Strip stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood, California

The Sunset Strip is the 1 12-mile (2.4 km) stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through the city of West Hollywood, California, United States. It extends from West Hollywood's eastern border with the city of Los Angeles (Hollywood) at Crescent Heights Boulevard to its western border with Beverly Hills at Sierra Drive. The Sunset Strip is known for its boutiques, restaurants, rock clubs, and nightclubs, as well as its array of huge, colorful billboards.

In early 1968, the band's debut album, Heavy , was released after signing a deal with Atco, an Atlantic Records subsidiary, the group having been signed by Atlantic's Charles Greene, who was co-producer of Heavy. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after completing the album in the late summer of 1967. The remaining musicians, faced with the possibility of the record not being released, quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and 17-year-old guitarist Erik Brann (also known as "Erik Braunn" and "Erik Braun") and resumed touring. Brann had previously played with a band called Paper Fortress. In a 1986 interview with IB's fan club fanzine, The Butterfly Net, Brann stated that Jeff Beck, Neil Young and Michael Monarch (who would go on to join Steppenwolf) had also expressed interest in joining the group to replace Weis, but after he was chosen, Penrod and DeLoach, uncomfortable with Brann's young age and frustrated with the time it was taking for him to learn the Butterfly's set, decided to leave after Weis did.

<i>Heavy</i> (Iron Butterfly album) Album by Iron Butterfly

Heavy is the debut studio album by the rock band Iron Butterfly, released in early 1968.

ATCO Records is an American record company and label founded in 1955 as a division of Atlantic Records. It was devised as an outlet for productions by one of Atlantic's founders, Herb Abramson, who had returned to the company from military service. It was also intended as a home for acts that did not fit the format of Atlantic, which was releasing blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and soul. The Atco name is an abbreviation of ATlantic COrporation. Atco also provided distribution for other labels, including RSO Records, Volt, Island, Modern, Ruthless, and Rolling Stones Records.

Atlantic Records American record label

Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American labels, specializing in jazz, R&B, and soul by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding. Its position was greatly improved by its distribution deal with Stax. In 1967, Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music with releases by Led Zeppelin and Yes.

During this time, IB were represented by the William Morris Agency, which booked all their live concerts.

William Morris Agency

The William Morris Agency (WMA) was a Hollywood-based talent agency. It represented some of the best known 20th-century entertainers in film, television, and music. During its 109-year tenure it came to be regarded as the "first great talent agency in show business".

DeLoach subsequently recorded with Two Guitars, Piano, Drum and Darryl, while Weis and Penrod went on to form the group Rhinoceros. In 1970 DeLoach formed Flintwhistle along with Jerry Penrod and Erik Brann; the band performed live for about a year before breaking up.

Rhinoceros was a rock band established in 1967 through auditions conducted by Elektra Records, rather than organic formation by musicians. The band, while well respected in many circles, did not live up to the record label's expectations. It was also poorly received by fans, producing a slow selling debut album and two even less successful LPs before breaking up. One reviewer commented, "Despite the fact that the band could not live up to the expectations that were raised by Elektra Records' publicity machine, Rhinoceros' contributions to rock still deserve more credit than subsequent rock histories give it."

Success with In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida and first breakup (1968–1971)

The 17-minute "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", the title track of Iron Butterfly's second album, became a top-30 hit (edited down to 2:52) in the US in 1968, re-entered the Hot 100 chart in late 1969, and made the number-9 spot on the Dutch Top 40 in 1970. The members when In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was recorded were Doug Ingle (vocals and organ), Lee Dorman (bass guitar), Ron Bushy (drums) and Erik Brann (guitar and vocals). The album was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in December 1968 [8] [ need quotation to verify ] and had sold over three million copies by the end of 1970, going platinum along the way. It stayed on the Billboard charts for over a year and ultimately sold over 30 million copies [9] .

Iron Butterfly played its first national tour in the summer of 1968 alongside Jefferson Airplane.

The band had been booked to play at Woodstock in August 1969, but got stuck at LaGuardia Airport. When they called the promoters of the concert, they explained the situation and asked for patience. However, their manager sent a telegram demanding that the Butterfly be flown in by helicopter, whereupon they would "immediately" take the stage. After their set, they would be paid and flown back to the airport. According to drummer Bushy, "We went down to the Port Authority three times and waited for the helicopter, but it never showed up". [10] Woodstock Production Coordinator John Morris claims he sent the manager a telegram reading: "For reasons I can't go into / Until you are here / Clarifying your situation / Knowing you are having problems / You will have to find / Other transportation / Unless you plan not to come." The first letter of each line in the telegram spelled out an acrostic making clear that the band was not welcome. [11]

Despite missing Woodstock, the group was a regular fixture at other big pop festivals of the late sixties, including Newport Pop Festival, Miami Pop Festival, Denver Pop Festival, Atlantic City Pop Festival and New Orleans Pop Festival.

The next album, Ball (January 1969), reached number three on the charts and went gold, but more lineup changes followed, as Erik Brann departed after a final show with the band in San Diego on December 15, 1969, frustrated by the band's unwillingness to move in a harder rock direction.

In August 1970, with Brann gone, Iron Butterfly released their fourth studio album, Metamorphosis , with two new members, guitarist/vocalist Mike Pinera (whose Blues Image had opened for the Butterfly's Vida tour) and guitarist Larry Reinhardt (from the Allman Brothers Band forerunner Second Coming). Both Pinera and Rhino, who joined after Brann departed, had already been secretly rehearsing with the Butterfly from September 1969 on after Brann had voiced his objections in continuing. The album managed to get into the top 20.[ citation needed ]

But Doug Ingle, not totally on board with the new guitar-oriented blues and soul direction of the music and wanting to get off the road, announced his intention to leave the group while they were on tour with Yes in Europe in January/February 1971. Without an organist for the first time in their history, the remaining four members (with Bushy eventually being replaced on the record by a session drummer, at the producer's prompting) cut the 45 rpm single, "Silly Sally". Putting forth a horn-based sound more characteristic of groups like Blood Sweat and Tears, the single failed to chart and proved to be their last recording before their mid-70s reformation.[ citation needed ]

The band, with Ingle in tow, decided to play one final tour, pairing with Black Oak Arkansas. Pinera's band-mate from Blues Image, drummer Manny Bertematti, filled in for Bushy for most the dates on this tour after the latter suffered a shoulder injury. The group then broke up after playing the tour's final show at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon on May 23, 1971. Another reason for the band not continuing at this time, according to a later interview by Pinera, was the group's being hit for unpaid taxes by the IRS.

Dorman and Reinhardt subsequently founded Captain Beyond.

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Bassist Lee Dorman in Prague on 11 March 2012

Reunions (1974–2011)

In 1974 Brann was contacted by a promoter about reforming Iron Butterfly, so he reunited with Ron Bushy to form a new version of the group, signing with MCA Records and joined by Bushy's friend, bassist Philip Taylor Kramer, and keyboardist Howard Reitzes, a friend of Brann's who worked in a music store [12] . Brann, who had done occasional lead vocals during Iron Butterfly's original run, served as the band's main lead vocalist this time. The album Scorching Beauty was released in January 1975 with Reitzes and Sun and Steel in October 1975 with Bill DeMartines replacing Reitzes. Both albums were criticized for bearing little resemblance to the original tone of the group and sold poorly compared to their earlier releases. [13]

In 1977, the Bushy/Brann/Kramer/DeMartines grouping wound down after being plagued with bad management and tour dates that had started off in theaters but ended up in bars and clubs. Bushy, Kramer and DeMartines formed Magic and Lee Dorman put together a new IB lineup with Rhino that contained British singer Jimi Henderson, Larry Kiernan on keyboards, David Love on guitar and Kevin Karamitros on drums. This grouping toured mostly in the South. By 1978 the lineup was Dorman, Karamitros, Pinera and John Leimseider on keyboards.

In the late fall of 1978, a German promoter made an offer for the band to tour. The Metamorphosis lineup (Ingle, Bushy, Dorman, Pinera and Rhino) made preparations, but just before they were to depart for Germany, Dorman's father took ill and another bassist, Keith Ellis (formerly of Boxer), was brought in to cover for Dorman in case he had to suddenly return to the US. During the tour, Ellis died in Darmstadt, Germany on December 12, 1978.

After their return to the US, the Metamorphosis group played a few homecoming shows in early 1979, joined by Erik Brann for guest appearances. Later in 1979, Bushy returned to his other group, Gold, and the next IB lineup was: Mike Pinera, Lee Dorman, Doug Ingle, a returning John Leimseider and Dorman's Captain Beyond band-mate, drummer Bobby Caldwell. Still later that same year, Bobby Hasbrook, from Hawaii, joined the band as lead guitarist and lead vocals alongside Dorman, Pinera, Caldwell and Leimseider.

IB's lineup was in a contant state flux from late 1979 on as exhibited in the following groupings: Brann, Dorman, Leimseider, Caldwell and Hasbrook (1979); Pinera, Brann, Dorman, Hasbrook, Caldwell and Nathan Pino – keyboards (1979); Dorman, Brann, Hasbrook, Tim Kislan – keyboards, Zam Johnson – drums and Starz Vanderlocket – vocals, percussion (1980); Dorman, Rhino, Leimseider, Randy Skirvin – guitar, Jimmy Rock – drums and Luke – vocals, percussion (1981–1982); Pinera, Dorman, Rhino, Guy Babylon – keyboards and Jan Uvena – drums (1982) plus Pinera, Dorman, Rhino, Babylon and Bushy (1982).

On July 31 1982, the Pinera, Dorman, Rhino, Babylon and Bushy lineup went into Music Sound Connection Studio in Studio City, California to record some material, none of which has ever been released.

At the tail end of 1982, Ingle returned to the fold once more as John Shearer (from Steve Hackett's band) came in on drums and percussionist Luke also rejoined since Bushy had taken a sales job outside of music for Makita Tools. Brann (who had guested at some shows during 1982) soon ended his association with the band at this time as well.[ citation needed ]

Pinera left again, as did Luke, in 1983 and IB worked on some more material in September of that year, with drummer Jerry Sommers playing on some tracks. But once again, nothing ever came of it.

Then Ingle, Dorman, Rhino and drummer Rick Rotante undertook the "Wings of Flight Tour" in early 1984, with Lenny Campanero (ex-Badfinger) replacing Rotante for more recording sessions at Salty Dog Studios in Van Nuys, California.[ citation needed ]

The "Legends Tour" took place in the fall of 1984 with Ingle, Dorman, Campanero and guitarist Steve Fister (later of Steppenwolf) and another Steppenwolf alumni, bassist Kurtis Teal, took Dorman's spot for the "Phoenix Tour" in the fall of '85, which ended in late November, shortly after which, Teel suddenly died of a heart murmur on December 2. The group then disbanded once again due to managerial problems.

In the spring of 1987, Bushy and Pinera got back together to tour as Iron Butterfly for the "Wings of Flight 87" tour (Dorman was captaining a fishing boat, so was not available at this time) with Ace Baker (keyboards) and Kelly Reubens (bass). Tim Von Hoffman and Glen Rappold (guitar, bass) soon replaced Ace Baker and drummer Donny Vosburgh (who'd been in Thee Image with Pinera) guested at some of these 1987 shows and subbed for Bushy on others. But this was short-lived, as Bushy and then Brann both rehearsed different IB lineups in August and September of that year (see Lineups below) that never made it to the concert stage.

In December 1987 the "classic lineup" of Ingle, Brann, Dorman and Bushy got together at The Roxy Theatre to prepare for a thirty date tour of the East Coast in the winter and spring of 1988 that culminated on May 14, 1988 with an appearance at Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary celebration at Madison Square Garden alongside Led Zeppelin and many others.[ citation needed ]

After this, Brann and Dorman decided to continue on, bringing in Rhino, keyboardist Derek Hilland and drummer Sal Rodriguez (replaced by Kenny Suarez). They were joined by singer/frontman Steve "Mick" Feldman and backup singers JoAnne Kurman-Montana and Cecelia Noel also appeared with the band for a few shows in 1989, as well as another drummer, Doug Freedman, who subbed for Suarez in the fall of '89.

The 1989 IB lineup of Brann, Dorman, Rhino, Hilland, Feldman and Suarez appeared at Woodstock '89, which took place in August 1989 twenty years to the day of and on the site of the original Woodstock concert of 1969 as a spontaneous celebration of the event's 20th anniversary.

In 1990, after Brann fell out with the others and left Iron Butterfly for good, Dorman, Rhino, Hilland and Suarez recorded an album with singer Robert Tepper that was meant to be an IB album called We Will Rise but instead was shelved and eventually reworked into Tepper's 1996 solo album, No Rest For The Wounded Heart.

After the Tepper-led lineup failed to break through, Tepper left to continue his solo career and Dorman, Rhino and Bushy went back on the road in early 1993 with keyboardist Burt Diaz. But after Rhino and Diaz decided to leave, Pinera was brought back, along with keyboardist Hilland. Pinera, by this time, had formed his own group, the Classic Rock All-Stars, so was not available for all of the Butterfly's shows. Guitarist Denny Artache (summer 1993), then Doug Bossey (1994), filled in until Pinera was dropped in 1994, with Bossey, then Eric Barnett (in 1995), taking over.

Doug Ingle rejoined the band, yet again, on vocals and keyboards from July 1994 to early 1999. In the spring of 1997 the band did a tour of Europe with "classic era" members Ingle, Bushy and Dorman, along with Hilland and Barnett. A DVD of live performances from the tour was released in 2008. Hilland was dropped in 1997 and Ingle officially retired from performing in early 1999. Singer/keysman Damian Bujanda had a brief tenure, but after leaving for personal reasons, Larry Rust joined the band as vocalist/keyboardist from 1999–2005.

In 2001, after Dorman took ill, one of the band's road crew, Oly Larios, sat in on bass.

Guitarist/vocalist Charlie Marinkovich joined the band in 2002. Originally from Seattle, Marinkovich had played with Randy Hansen and others. [14]

Original vocalist Darryl DeLoach (born on September 12, 1947) died of liver cancer on October 3, 2002 at the age of 55. [15] [ unreliable source? ], [16] [ unreliable source? ]

On July 25, 2003, Erik Brann died of heart failure at the age of 52. [17]

Derek Hilland returned to play keyboards for the group's 2003 dates when Larry Rust was not available.

German violinist, keyboardist, and composer Martin Gerschwitz, who had formerly worked with Lita Ford, Meat Loaf, Walter Trout, and most recently Eric Burdon and The Animals, [18] joined the band in 2005, replacing Larry Rust.

In early 2006, Rust came back briefly to substitute for Gerschwitz for dates in Italy, Croatia and Austria. Later that very same year, Ken Chalupnik and Dave Meros filled in for Dorman.[ citation needed ]

In early 2010, an announcement was made that Iron Butterfly would receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual San Diego Music Awards, which took place on September 12, 2010. [19] The award was presented by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. [20] Later the same year, Ray Weston (formerly of Wishbone Ash) came in to substitute on drums for Ron Bushy after he was sidelined by health issues.

In early 2012, Phil Parlapiano substituted for Martin Gerschwitz for a few shows when Gerschwitz was unable to play due to his own solo-tour schedule. [21]

Deaths of Reinhardt and Dorman, and inactivity (2012–2014)

Former guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt died on January 2, 2012, at the age of 63, due to cirrhosis of the liver. Bassist Lee Dorman, who had a history of heart trouble, died on December 21, 2012 at the age of 70. Both Reinhardt and Dorman were also founding members of Captain Beyond, along with former Deep Purple vocalist Rod Evans and drummer Bobby Caldwell.

Following Dorman's death, Iron Butterfly dissolved once more. Charlie Marinkovich revealed in 2013 that he had departed the band altogether and that Ron Bushy was very ill, shrouding the band's future in doubt.

At times during his recovery in 2014, Ron Bushy entertained the idea of putting a new Iron Butterfly band together, possibly with Martin Gerschwitz returning on keyboards and lead vocals. [22]

Third reunion/Tribute Tour Band (2015–present)

In late 2014, reports surfaced of the band reforming, with a lineup consisting of Bushy, Mike Pinera, Doug Ingle, Jr. on keyboards and an unnamed bassist. [23] However, this reformation did not come to fruition and in 2015 the band unveiled a lineup consisting of Bushy and returning guitarist Eric Barnett, along with new members Mike Green (percussion), Dave Meros (bass), Phil Parlapiano (keyboards) and Ray Weston (drums). Meros, Parlapiano and Weston have all previously played with Iron Butterfly as substitute musicians; Meros for Dorman (in 2006) and Weston for Bushy (in 2010), respectively. At present, Ron Bushy remains a member of Iron Butterfly, but is not performing due to his health concerns, leaving Weston as sole drummer for the band at current appearances. [24]

Founding IB bassist Greg Willis, who suffered a stroke in April 2012, passed away on November 11, 2016 at age 67 in Portland, Oregon. A tribute concert was staged November 30 at a club called Nicky Rottens in El Cajon, California. [25] [ unreliable source ]

Former Butterfly keyboardist Larry Rust died peacefully at his home near Los Angeles on November 25, 2016 at the age of 63. [26]

On January 8, 2018 it was revealed by the band on their official Facebook page that Martin Gerschwitz had returned to the band in place of Phil Parlapiano. [27]

Personnel

Current members

Former members

Supporting musicians

Lineups

1966196619661966–1967
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Jack Pinney – drums, percussion
  • Danny Weis – guitar
  • Greg Willis – bass
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Jack Pinney – drums, percussion
  • Danny Weis – guitar
  • Greg Willis – bass
  • Darryl DeLoach – vocals
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Danny Weis – guitar
  • Darryl DeLoach – tambourine, vocals
  • Bruce Morse – drums, percussion
  • Jerry Penrod – bass, backing vocals
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Danny Weis – guitar
  • Darryl DeLoach – tambourine, vocals
  • Jerry Penrod – bass, backing vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
1967–1969 (Classic lineup)1969–19711971–19741974–1975
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Larry Reinhardt – guitar

Supporting musicians

  • Manny Bertematti – drums, percussion (substitute – 1971)

Disbanded

  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
  • Philip Taylor Kramer – bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Howard Reitzes – keyboards, vocals
1975–19771977–197819781978
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Erik Brann – vocals, guitar
  • Philip Taylor Kramer – bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Bill DeMartines – keyboards, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Jimi Henderson – vocals
  • Kevin Karamitros – drums
  • Larry Kiernan – keyboards
  • David Love – guitar
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Kevin Karamitros – drums, percussion
  • John Leimseider – keyboards
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Keith Ellis – bass
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
19781978–197919791979
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Bobby Caldwell – drums, percussion
  • Bobby Hasbrook - guitars, vocals
  • John Leimseider – keyboards
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Bobby Caldwell – drums, percussion
  • Bobby Hasbrook – guitar, vocals
  • John Leimseider – keyboards
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
197919801981–19821982
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Bobby Caldwell – drums, percussion
  • Bobby Hasbrook – guitar, vocals
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Nathan Pino – keyboards
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Bobby Hasbrook – guitar, vocals
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
  • Zam Johnson – drums, percussion
  • Tim Kislan – keyboards
  • Starz Vanderlocket – percussion, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • John Leimseider – keyboards
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar, vocals
  • Jimmy Rock – drums
  • Randy Skirvin – guitar, vocals
  • Luke – percussion, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Guy Babylon – keyboards
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Jan Uvena – drums, percussion
198219821982–19831983
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Guy Babylon – keyboards
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Guy Babylon – keyboards
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals (guest appearances)
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • John Shearer – drums
  • Luke – percussion, vocals

Supporting musicians

  • Ron Bushy – drums (guest – 1982)
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Guy Babylon – keyboards
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • John Shearer – drums
  • Luke – percussion, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Guy Babylon – keyboards
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • John Shearer – drums, percussion
  • Luke – percussion, vocals
19831983–198419841984–1985
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Guy Babylon – keyboards
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • John Shearer – drums, percussion
  • Jerry Sommers – drums, percussion
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Rick Rotante – drums, percussion
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Lenny Campanero – drums
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Lenny Campanero – drums, percussion
  • Steve Fister – guitar, backing vocals
19851985–198719871987
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Lenny Campanero – drums, percussion
  • Steve Fister – guitar, backing vocals
  • Kurtis Teal – bass

Disbanded

  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Ace Baker – keyboards
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Kelly Reubens – bass
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Kelly Reubens – bass
  • Tim Von Hoffman – keyboards
1987198719871987–1988
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Kelly Reubens – bass
  • Tim Von Hoffman – keyboards
  • Glen Rappold – guitar, bass, vocals

Supporting musicians

  • Donny Vosburgh – drums (guest – 1987)
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
  • Jim Von Buelow – guitar
  • Sal Rodriguez – drums
  • Bob Birch – bass
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Bill DeMartines – keyboards, vocals
  • Doug Jackson – guitar
  • Lyle T. West – vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
19881988–198919901990–1992
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Sal Rodriguez – drums, percussion
  • Erik Brann – guitar, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Steve "Mick" Feldman – vocals
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kenny Suarez – drums, percussion

Supporting musicians

  • Doug Freedman – drums, percussion (substitute – 1989)
  • JoAnne Kurman-Montana – backing vocals (live – 1989)
  • Cecelia Noel – backing vocals (live – 1989)
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Steve "Mick" Feldman – vocals
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kenny Suarez – drums, percussion
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kenny Suarez – drums, percussion
  • Robert Tepper – vocals
1993199319931993–1994
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt – guitar
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Burt Diaz – keyboards
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Denny Artache – guitar, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mike Pinera – guitar, vocals
19941994–19951995–19971997–1999
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Doug Bossey – guitar
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Doug Bossey – guitar
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Erik Barnett – guitar, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Doug Ingle – organ, vocals
  • Erik Barnett – guitar, vocals
19991999–20022002–20052005–2012
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Erik Barnett – guitar, vocals
  • Damian Bujanda – keyboards, vocals
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Erik Barnett – guitar, vocals
  • Larry Rust – keyboards, vocals

Supporting musicians

  • Oly Larios – bass (substitute – 2001)
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Larry Rust – keyboards, vocals
  • Charlie Marinkovich – guitar, vocals

Supporting musicians

  • Derek Hilland – keyboards, backing vocals (substitute – 2003)
  • Lee Dorman – bass, vocals
  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Charlie Marinkovich – guitar, vocals
  • Martin Gerschwitz – keyboards, vocals

Supporting musicians

  • Ken Chalupnik – bass (substitute – 2006)
  • Dave Meros – bass (substitute – 2006)
  • Ray Weston – drums, percussion (substitute – 2010)
  • Phil Parlapiano – keyboards (substitute – 2012)
  • Larry Rust – Keyboards, Vocals (substitute Italy, Croatia, Austria – 2006)
2012–20152015–20182018–present

Disbanded

  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion
  • Eric Barnett – guitar, vocals
  • Michael Green – percussion, vocals
  • Dave Meros – bass, vocals
  • Ray Weston – drums, percussion
  • Phil Parlapiano – keyboards, vocals
  • Eric Barnett – guitar, vocals
  • Michael Green – percussion, vocals
  • Dave Meros – bass, vocals
  • Ray Weston – drums, percussion
  • Martin Gerschwitz – keyboards, vocals

Supporting musician

  • Ron Bushy – drums, percussion (guest)

Timeline

Iron Butterfly

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbum US
[28]
Certification
1968 Heavy 78
  • RIAA: Gold
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida 4
  • RIAA: 4x Platinum [29]
1969 Ball 3
1970 Metamorphosis 16
1975 Scorching Beauty 138
Sun and Steel

Live albums

YearAlbum US
[28]
1970 Live 20
2011 Fillmore East 1968
2014 Live at the Galaxy 1967
2014Live in Copenhagen 1971
2014Live in Sweden 1971

Compilation albums

EPs

Singles

YearName US
[30]
Album
1967"Don't Look Down on Me"
b/w "Possession" (from Heavy)
Non-album track
1968"Unconscious Power"
b/w "Possession"
Heavy
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"
b/w "Iron Butterfly Theme" (from Heavy)
30In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
1969"Soul Experience"
b/w "In the Crowds"
75Ball
"In the Time of Our Lives"
b/w "It Must Be Love"
96
"I Can't Help But Deceive You Little Girl"
b/w "To Be Alone"
118Non-album tracks
1970"Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way)"
b/w "Soldier in Our Town"
66Metamorphosis
1971"Silly Sally"
b/w "Stone Believer" (from Metamorphosis)
Non-album track
1975"Pearly Gates"
b/w "Searchin' Circles"
Scorching Beauty
"High on a Mountain Top"
b/w "Before You Go"
"Beyond the Milky Way"
b/w "Get It Out"
108Sun and Steel
"I'm Right, I'm Wrong"
b/w "Scion"

Videography

(Contained video performances of "Easy Rider" (3:21), "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (17:03) and "Butterfly Bleu" (19:51))

(Contained video performances of the full concert at Itchycoo Park in 1999)

Bibliography

Related Research Articles

<i>Ball</i> (Iron Butterfly album) Album by Iron Butterfly

Ball is the third studio album by the rock band Iron Butterfly, released in January 17, 1969. After the enormous success of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Iron Butterfly modified its acid-rock sound somewhat and experimented with more melodic compositions. The band's trademark heavy guitars, however, are still evident on such tracks as "In the Time of Our Lives" and "It Must Be Love". The album reached number 3 on the Billboard 200 charts, making Ball more immediately successful than In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Ball was certified Gold in March 1969. It also spawned two minor hit singles: "Soul Experience", an uncharacteristically uplifting song for the group, went to number 75 on the Billboard charts, and despite its nightmarish musical tones and morbid lyrics, "In the Time of Our Lives" managed to reach number 96. This is the second and final studio album to feature the famous lineup of Ingle, Bushy, Dorman and Brann.

Erik Keith Brann, also known as Erik Braunn, was an American guitarist with the 1960s acid rock band Iron Butterfly. He is featured on the band's greatest hit, the 17-minute In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968), recorded when he was 17.

<i>Metamorphosis</i> (Iron Butterfly album) Iron Butterfly album

Metamorphosis is the fourth studio album by Iron Butterfly, released on August 13, 1970. Though not as successful as its predecessor Ball (1969), it reached number 16 on the US charts. Erik Brann, who left because of band disputes, was replaced by four session guitarists. Two of them, Mike Pinera, and Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, would become members of Iron Butterfly before the album's release. Officially, the album is credited not to Iron Butterfly, but to "Iron Butterfly with Pinera & Rhino", in reference to the two aforementioned guitarists.

<i>Scorching Beauty</i> Album by Iron Butterfly

Scorching Beauty is the fifth studio album released by Iron Butterfly. Released four years after their original breakup, it was recorded by a reformed lineup with only one member remaining from their previous album. In addition to Bushy, this lineup includes Erik Brann, the guitarist from the classic lineup, Phil Kramer, and Howard Reitzes. The album cover was designed by Ernie Cefalu and illustrated by Drew Struzan. This album, along with Sun and Steel, failed commercially. Tracks from this album tend to be ignored on Iron Butterfly compilations/greatest hit collections.

<i>Star Collection</i> (Iron Butterfly album) 1973 compilation album by Iron Butterfly

Star Collection is a German compilation album released in 1973. It includes songs from Iron Butterfly's first and third album: Heavy and Ball.

<i>Evolution: The Best of Iron Butterfly</i> 1971 compilation album by Iron Butterfly

Evolution: The Best of Iron Butterfly is a greatest hits album released in 1971 by Iron Butterfly. Songs come from four of their albums: Heavy, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Ball, and Metamorphosis.

<i>Rare Flight</i> 1988 compilation album by Iron Butterfly

Rare Flight is a double compilation released in 1988 on Pair Records during the 40th anniversary of Atlantic Records. This release compiles Iron Butterfly's first and third albums: Heavy and Ball.

<i>In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida</i> (album) Album

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is the second studio album by the American rock band Iron Butterfly, released in 1968. It is most known for the title track which occupies the whole of Side B. The album is also available in a deluxe edition CD.

<i>Light & Heavy: The Best of Iron Butterfly</i> 1993 greatest hits album by Iron Butterfly

Light & Heavy: The Best of Iron Butterfly is a greatest hits compilation released by Iron Butterfly in 1993. It contains most of their studio recordings from 1967-1970, including 21 of their 33 studio album tracks from that period.

Silly Sally 1971 single by Iron Butterfly

"Silly Sally" is a song by Iron Butterfly that was released as a single in 1971 after the departure of Doug Ingle. Mike Pinera and M. Jones wrote "Silly Sally" in an attempt to keep the band together. Though the usual B-side is "Stone Believer", it has also been issued with "Butterfly Bleu" on the B-side. The single did not chart and in 1971 Iron Butterfly disbanded.

Larry Reinhardt American guitarist

Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt was an American rock guitarist who played with Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond. At one time Reinhardt was known by the nicknames "El Rhino" and "Ryno".

Possession (Iron Butterfly song) rare single recorded by Iron Butterfly

"Possession" b/w "Evil Temptation" is a rare single recorded by Iron Butterfly between 1967 and 1968, but not released until 1970 for unknown reasons. The first side is "Possession", which is the same version from their earlier single, "Don't Look Down on Me".

Ray Weston is a Scottish drummer, most noted for his work with Wishbone Ash.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is Iron Butterfly's first official release on video. It was recorded at the Beat Club January 1, 1971.

<i>Live</i> (Iron Butterfly album) Live album by Iron Butterfly

Live is the first live album by Iron Butterfly, released in 1970. The last album to be recorded with the longstanding quartet of Brann, Bushy, Dorman, and Ingle, it is the only Iron Butterfly album which does not feature more than one lead vocalist. It was a commercial hit, reaching number 20 on the Billboard album chart.

<i>Fillmore East 1968</i> 2011 live album by Iron Butterfly

Fillmore East 1968 is a live double album by Iron Butterfly, released on 17 October 2011 by Rhino Entertainment. It was recorded on 26 and 27 April 1968 in Fillmore East in New York City. The albums featured songs from their first album Heavy and three songs from second album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. In addition, an early version of "Her Favorite Style" was performed on the second night.

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