IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY.. JUNE 14, 1968 IRON BUTTERFLY RELEASES ‘IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA”

 

On this day June 14th in 1968 Iron Butterfly released their album “In-A Gadda-Da-Vida.”  The album would reach #4 on the album charts and an edited version of the title sound would peak at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album cut “In- A- Gadda–Da- Vida” was seventeen minutes long- the edited single clocked in at only 2: 52. This song would be Iron Butterfly’s claim to fame. The members of this San Diego band at the time were- Doug Ingle on vocals and organ, Lee Dorman on bass, Ron Busky on drums and Eri Brann on guitar and vocals. Over the years there have been sixty-four members who have come and gone. They only released five studio albums in their career. To me the song and album are a postcard from 1968- and I don’t think either has aged very well. To give Iron Butterfly their due- they were an important band in the early development of heavy metal music. Their time though came and went like the Nehru suit jacket.

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2 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY.. JUNE 14, 1968 IRON BUTTERFLY RELEASES ‘IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA”

  1. I have always loved this album — not only the title track but all of the shorter songs also. I must admit that I am in the minority though — most people that I meet think this band is terrible!

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