Iron Butterfly Bassist Lee Dorman, 70, Dies

The music world has lost another rock legend. Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman has passed away at age seventy.

Lee Dorman funeralOn Friday police discovered the rocker’s body in his automobile at his home in Orange County, Calif. The famed musician reportedly had a long history of heart problems and in all likelihood passed away from natural causes. Police have said that at this time foul play is not suspected.

Dorman joined the acid rock band in 1967 and their 2nd album, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," sold over thirty million copies worldwide. The album’s 17-minute title track has been featured in a lot of movies and television series including "The Simpsons" and "That ’70s Show."

The song title has been translated as "in the garden of Eden" or "in the garden of life." An abbreviated version of the track, which contained extended instrumental passages with loud guitars and classical/Eastern-influenced organ, plus a two-and-a-half-minute drum solo, reached number 30 on the singles charts.
Dorman’s band mate, guitarist Larry Reinhardt, died in January at the age of 63 due to cirrhosis of the liver.

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