Eric Braunn, Doug Ingle, Ron Bushy, Lee Dorman
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Phoenix Memorial Coliseum – 5/23/69
IRON BUTTERFLY – Formed 1966, San Diego, California. Doug Ingle (b. Sep. 9, 1946, Omaha, Nebraska), keyboards, vocals; Ron Bushy (b. Sep. 23, 1945, Washington, D.C.), drums, vocals; Jerry Penrod (b. San Diego, California), bass; Daryl DeLoach (b. San Diego, California), vocals; Danny Weiss (b. San Deigo, California), guitar; Lee Dorman (b. Sep. 19, 1945, St. Louis, Missouri), bass, guitar, piano; Erik Braunn (b. Aug. 11, 1950, Boston, Massachusetts), guitar, vocals; Mike Pinera (b. Sep. 29, 1945, Tampa, Florida), guitar, vocals; Larry “Rhino” Reinheardt (b. Jul. 7, 1948, Florida), guitar; Phil Kramer (b. Jul. 12, 1952, Youngstown, Ohio), bass; Howard Reitzes (b. Mar. 22, 1951, Southgate, California), Keyboards, guitar; Derek Hilland, keyboards, vocals.
The band formed in 1966 in San Diego. The original members were Doug Ingle (vocals, organ), Jack Pinney (drums), Greg Willis (bass), and Danny Weis (guitar). 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.
Jerry Penrod and Bruce Morris replaced Willis and Pinney after the band relocated to Los Angeles in 1966 and Ron Bushy then came aboard when Morris’ tenure proved to be a short one. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after recording their 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 (also known as “Erik Braunn” and “Erik Braun”) and resumed touring. In early 1968, their debut album Heavy was released after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary.
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 Erik Brann; the band performed live for about a year before breaking up.
The 17-minute “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, the title track of Iron Butterfly’s second album, became a Top 30 hit in the US and made the number 9 spot on the Dutch Top 40. The members when In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was recorded were Doug Ingle (organ and vocals), Lee Dorman (bass guitar), Ron Bushy (drums), and 17-year-old Erik Brann (guitar). The album sold over three million copies by the end of 1970, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in December 1968. It ultimately sold over 20 million copies, went platinum, and stayed on the Billboard magazine charts for over a year.
The band had been booked to play at Woodstock but got stuck at an airport. When their manager called the promoters of the concert they explained the situation and asked for patience. However, the manager demanded 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. The manager was told that this would be taken into consideration and he would be called back. According to drummer, Ron Bushy;”We went down to the Port Authority three times and waited for the helicopter, but it never showed up”.
The next album, Ball, reached No. 3 on the charts, but more lineup changes followed. In 1970, with Erik 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 “Rhino” Reinhardt. The album managed to get into the top 20, but Doug Ingle quit the group shortly after its release. Without an organist for the first time in their history, the remaining four members cut a single, “Silly Sally”. It failed to chart and proved to be their last recording. The band broke up after playing a final show on May 23, 1971. Dorman and Reinhardt would subsequently found Captain Beyond.
IRON BUTTERFLY – Discography
- 1968 – Heavy (ATCO) (-Penrod, -DeLoach, -Weiss, +Dorman, +Braunn)
- 1968 – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
- 1969 – Ball (-Braunn)
- 1970 – Live! (+Pinera, +Reinhardt)
- 1971 – The Best of iron Butterfly/Evolution
- 1971 – Metamorphosis (group disbands)
- 1974 – (Group reforms: Braunn, Bushy, Kramer,Reitzes)
- 1975 – Sun and Steel (MCA)
- 1975 – Scorching Beauty
- 1993 – (Group reforms: Bushy, Pinera, Dorman, Hilland)
- 1993 – Light and Heavy
- 1993 – The Best of Iron Butterfly (Rhino)
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