Singer behind 17-minute rock classic dies

Singer behind 17-minute rock classic dies

Doug Ingle, the last surviving member of the original line-up of heavy rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at the age of 78.

Ingle was the lead singer and organist of the band he co-founded in 1966 – singing their 17-minute signature hit In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, which was featured in a 1995 episode of The simpsons.

The musician’s son announced his father’s death on social media but did not give the cause of death.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was featured on Iron Butterfly’s 1968 album of the same name, which spent 81 weeks in the top 10 in the United States.

The record was eventually certified quadruple platinum, meaning it sold at least 400,000 copies.

The title track became legendary and became something of a running joke in rock circles, with its length meaning late-night disc jockeys could put it on while they went to smoke a cigarette or go to the bathroom.

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is a fuzzy version of “in the Garden of Eden” – as it was allegedly misheard by the band’s drummer Ron Bushy when Ingle first introduced the song to the band.

In the Simpsons episode Bart Sells His Soul, the skateboarding troublemaker introduces a version of the song in his church worship service under the title “In The Garden Of Eden”.

“Hey, Marge, remember when we were kissing while listening to that hymn?” Homer whispers in the episode.

The song has also been covered by other bands, including Slayer, The Residents, Boney M and Incredible Bongo Band, whose version was sampled twice by rapper Nas. He also memorably appeared in Michael Mann’s 1986 thriller Manhunter.

The track ended up being 17 minutes long in part due to Iron Butterfly’s studio engineer Don Casale asking the band to play the song so he could adjust their levels and get it to reach recording without the group members realizing it.

The extended training run ended up being the master take.

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Ingle’s son, Doug Ingle Jr., said in a statement confirming his father’s passing: “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness to announce the passing of my father Doug Ingle.

“Dad passed away peacefully this evening in the presence of his family. Thank you Dad for being a father, a teacher and a friend. Fond memories that I will carry the rest of my days as I move forward on this journey of life. I will love you love daddy.”

Ingle was the last surviving member of the band’s original lineup, following the deaths of guitarist Erik Brann in 2003, bassist Lee Dornan in 2012, and drummer Ron Bushy in 2021.

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Dozens of musicians have been part of the group in its various incarnations over the decades.

That doesn’t include the four musicians who tour today under the Iron Butterfly moniker – none of whom go back any further with the band than 1995.


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