The year was 1968, as we were caught up in the frenzy of new musical sounds, and along with it…. a new trend in band names, such as Strawberry Alarm Clock, Electric Prunes, Chocolate Watch Band, and along comes – IRON BUTTERFLY. Their main claim to fame, would be a song featured on their second album, entitled “In A Gadda Da Vida,” in which it’s playing time (at 17:05) engulfed the entire side two of the album.
The song was becoming a cult favorite on FM stations (being noted for drummer Ron Bushy’s extensive solo), but in order to gain AM radio airplay, an edit was made shortening it to a more palatable 2:52. In July 1968, this version managed to crack Billboard’s Hot 100, and climbed to #30. Thus, firmly cementing Iron Butterfly as one of the early pioneers in late 60s, in the genre of progressive rock / heavy metal vein.