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Iron Butterfly Drummer Ron Bushy Dies at 79

He made his mark with an extended drum solo on the band’s epic hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” from 1968, the full cut of which runs to 17 minutes.

“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100, one of four Iron Butterfly titles to impact the chart. Its parent album hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200, while 1969’s Ball went to No. 3.

Though the band would pause on several occasions, and reunite with different lineups, Bushy was a constant.

In an interview with Vinyl Writer, published in February of this year, Bushy hinted at several songs that were never fleshed out in the studio. “Actually we had three new songs that were never recorded,” he explained. “Unfortunately, some of the band members did not want to do music anymore. Now, some of our I.B. members have passed away and we are all older, and have retired with our great memories of our accomplishments within the music industry and our personal lives.”

Bass player Lee Dorman (2012) and lead guitarist Erik Brann (2003) have also passed.

In recent months, Bushy agreed to donate his iconic clear drum kit to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The custom set, build by Bill Zickos, was well-traveled, hitting the road with the likes of The Doors, Cream, and The Who.

Iron Butterfly is scheduled to perform three nights in Park City, Utah, Oct. 22-24.

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