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The heavy, psychedelic acid rock} of Iron Butterfly} may seem dated to some today, but the group was one of the first hard rock} bands to receive extensive radio airplay, and their best-known song, the 17-minute epic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,"} established that more extended compositions were viable entries in the radio marketplace, paving the way for progressive AOR. The track was written by vocalist, organist, and bandleader Doug Ingle}, who formed the first incarnation of Iron Butterfly} in 1966 in San Diego with drummer Ron Bushy}. After the group moved to Los Angeles and played the club scene, it secured a recording contract and got national exposure through tours with the Doors} and Jefferson Airplane}. Following the release of their 1968 debut album, Heavy}, original members Jerry Penrod} (bass), Darryl DeLoach} (vocals), and Danny Weis} (guitar) left the band and were replaced by guitarist Erik Braunn} and bassist Lee Dorman}. Weis} went on to join Rhinoceros}. The new lineup recorded In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida} later that year, which sold four million copies and spent over a year in the Top Ten. (The title has been translated as "in the garden of Eden" or "in the garden of life.") A shortened version of the title track, which contained extended instrumental passages with loud guitars and classical}/Eastern-influenced organ, plus a two-and-a-half-minute drum solo, reached number 30 on the singles charts. The follow-up, Ball}, showed greater musical variety and went gold, but it also marked the beginning of the band's decline. Braunn} left the group and was replaced by guitarists Mike Pinera} and Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt}, but the group's success was largely over. Iron Butterfly} broke up in 1971; Braunn} and Bushy} re-formed the group in the mid-'70s without success. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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