IRON BUTTERFLY GUITARIST ERIK BRANN DIES:
Erik Brann, the lead guitarist on Iron Butterfly's classic heavy metal anthem of 1968
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, died of cardiac arrest Friday in Los Angeles, according to the
Los Angeles Times. He was 52.
Brann, considered a violin prodigy, began his musical career at age 4. He was born in
Pekin, Ill., but raised in Los Angeles. He was 17 when he joined Iron Butterfly and
spent 1967-70 on tour with the band. The teenager said he had not been prepared for
the frenetic pace of working 365 days a year in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl,
competing with then up-and-coming heavy rock acts such as Blue Cheer, Jethro Tull,
Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath.
Brann and colleagues Doug Ingle, Ron Bushy and Lee Dorman, left their mark on musical
history with the 17-minute "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"', what is considered by many to be
heavy rock's "debut" song (and was later covered by SLAYER on the "Less Than Zero"
soundtrack). The album went multi-platinum (without any real promotion, MTV, videos,
and limited airplay) and stayed on the national sales chart 2½ years, and a
three-minute version also became a Top 40 radio hit. In the past 33 years the album
has since sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide.
Brann occasionally reunited with his BUTTERFLY partners for performances over the
years, and worked as a songwriter, musician and producer until his death. During one
such reunion in 1988, he spoke to The Times about his whirlwind superstardom
experience 20 years earlier, saying "My first vacation I bought a car "a Jaguar" and
parked it outside the hospital where I spent two weeks for ulcers and
gastroenteritis." RIP Erik.
Another Ozzy hang~out, come see!
/AHH Yes Classic~~
>/ "In -A-Gadda-Da -Vida baby" ! RIP dang thats a loss to classic rock for
sure, shame to hear that.
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