Iron Butterfly's Lee Dorman Passes Away at 70

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Just short of a year after the passing of Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt comes word that another member of Iron Butterfly has died. Bassist Lee Dorman passed away on Friday morning at the age of 70.

The Orange Country Sheriff's Department found him dead at his home in his car and, while an investigation has been started, foul play is not suspected. The department's spokesperson, Gail Krause, speculated that Dorman may have been on his way to see his doctor.

While Iron Butterfly originally formed in 1966, Dorman didn't join the group until 1968 after the recording of their debut album, Heavy. It was their next album that would cement the group's legacy. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida contained the title track that occupied the entire second side of the album. At over 17 minutes long, it became a classic of psychedelic rock at a time when it was starting to transition into heavy metal.

The group followed with Ball which contained the hit Soul Experience and followed with 1971's Metamorphosis. The group broke up in mid-71.

Dorman and bandmate Reinhardt went on to form Captain Beyond with Rod Evans from Deep Purple and Bobby Caldwell from Johnny Winter's band. The band recorded two albums (Captain Beyond and Sufficiently Breathless) before breaking up in 1973. They reformed again in 1976, recording the album Dawn Explosion, but again split the next year.

Dorman returned to Iron Butterfly in 1977 where he has remained, save for a two-year lapse in the mid-80's, until his death.

1 comment

lola grace said...

RIP and condolences to his family. Iron Butterfly didn't last long (about 10 years) but it had a great influence <a href="" and In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is so iconic.

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