Doug Ingle: Iron Butterfly lead vocalist who sang rock classic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida dies | Ents & Arts News

Doug Ingle, the last remaining original member of the influential rock band Iron Butterfly, has passed away at the age of 78. Ingle served as the lead vocalist and organist in the band he co-established in 1966 – delivering their 17-minute iconic hit “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which appeared in a 1995 episode of The Simpsons. The musician’s son disclosed his father’s demise on social media but did not provide a cause of death. “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was featured on Iron Butterfly’s 1968 album bearing the same name, which remained in the top 10 in the US for 81 weeks. The album was ultimately certified quadruple-platinum, indicating it sold at least 400,000 copies. The title song became legendary and somewhat of a constant joke in rock culture, with its duration allowing late-night disc jockeys to play it while taking a cigarette or bathroom break. “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is a slurred rendition of “in the Garden of Eden” – as supposedly misheard by the band’s drummer Ron Bushy when Ingle initially presented the song to the band.

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In the The Simpsons episode “Bart Sells His Soul,” the skateboarding troublemaker furtively inserts a rendition of the song into his church’s worship session with the title “In The Garden Of Eden.” “Hey, Marge, recall when we used to kiss to this hymn?” Homer whispers during the episode. The song was also interpreted by other bands, including Slayer, The Residents, Boney M, and the Incredible Bongo Band, whose version was sampled twice by the rapper Nas. It also featured prominently in Michael Mann‘s 1986 suspense film Manhunter. The track became 17 minutes long partly because Iron Butterfly’s studio engineer Don Casale requested the band to perform the song so he could set his levels and hit record without the band members’ knowledge. The extended rehearsal ended up being the master take. Read more: Springsteen cancels performances due to ‘vocal problems’ Actor shot dead by assailants Sir Elton John’s next album ‘won’t be his final one’

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Ingle‘s son, Doug Ingle Jr., expressed in a statement confirming his father’s demise: “It is with a heavy heart and immense sorrow that I announce the passing of my father Doug Ingle. Dad passed away peacefully this evening in the presence of family. Thank you, dad, for being a father, mentor, and friend. Cherished loving memories I will carry for the rest of my days moving onward in this journey of life. Love you, Dad.” Ingle was the final surviving member of the band’s original lineup, after the deaths of guitarist Erik Brann in 2003, bassist Lee Dornan in 2012, and drummer Ron Bushy in 2021.

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Numerous musicians have been part of the group in its various transformations throughout the years. This does not include the four musicians currently touring as Iron Butterfly – none of whom have been with the band prior to 1995.

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