Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman was born 55 years ago today in Boston,
Mass. Iron Butterfly was formed in 1966 and quickly started playing the
L.A. club circuit. They had a record contract by 1967 and Dorman joined them
after the recording of their debut, 1968's Heavy. The album, an
implosion of psychedelic pop-rock, hit #8 on the charts mainly thanks to
the group's opening up for the Doors and Jefferson Airplane on their
national tours. Iron Butterfly recorded the psychedelic classic
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida in 1969 and stardom soon followed, thanks to the
title track. The album was Atlantic's biggest seller to date and stayed
on the charts for 140 weeks, 81 of them in the top 10.
At the time, Iron Butterfly was considered one of the biggest rock bands on
the scene. 1969's Ball went gold, but subsequent releases from the
acid rock pioneers wouldn't be as successful. They were the only band
scheduled to play Woodstock that refused to perform due to the fact that
the producers couldn't meet their demands. The band went through numerous
personnel changes in the early '70s, with birthday boy Dorman hanging tough
through all of them. Iron Butterfly played a "farewell concert" on May 23,
1971. This, of course, didn't stop the band from reforming four years
later and again in 1993. These days, the boys of Iron Butterfly can
occasionally be seen playing state fairs and psychedelic revival shows.
Other birthdays: Cannonball Adderly, 69 and Jimmy Gilmer (Fireballs), 57.