Iron Butterfly

About Iron Butterfly

The heavy, psychedelic acid rock of Iron Butterfly may seem dated to some today, but the group was one of the first hard rock bands to receive extensive radio airplay, and their best-known song, the 17-minute epic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," established that more extended compositions were viable entries in the radio marketplace, paving the way for progressive AOR. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida -- the band's second album, following Heavy, released earlier in 1968 -- sold four million copies and spent over a year in the Top Ten. The follow-up, Ball (1969), went gold, but it also marked the beginning of the band's decline, and Iron Butterfly broke up in 1971.

San Diego, CA, United States
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