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

Doug Ingle, the lead vocalist of the iconic rock band Iron Butterfly, has passed away at the age of 74. Ingle was best known for his powerful vocals on the band’s rock classic “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which became one of the defining songs of the psychedelic rock era.

Ingle formed Iron Butterfly in 1966 with guitarist Danny Weis, bassist Jerry Penrod, and drummer Ron Bushy. The band quickly gained a following with their heavy, psychedelic sound and intense live performances. In 1968, they released their second album, also titled “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” which featured the epic 17-minute title track. The song became a massive hit, reaching number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and cementing Iron Butterfly’s place in rock history.

Ingle’s distinctive vocals were a key part of Iron Butterfly’s sound, with his powerful voice adding an extra layer of intensity to their music. His lyrics were often cryptic and surreal, reflecting the band’s psychedelic influences and the turbulent times in which they were living.

Ingle’s passing is a great loss to the world of rock music, as he was not only a talented vocalist but also a charismatic frontman who captivated audiences with his stage presence. Iron Butterfly’s music continues to be celebrated by fans around the world, and their influence can be heard in the work of countless bands that followed in their footsteps.

Ingle’s legacy will live on through his music, and he will be remembered as a true rock icon who helped to define an era. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Doug Ingle.