Iron Butterfly

American rock group

Iron Butterfly is a Psychedelic rock band from San Diego, California. They were formed in 1966.

Iron Butterfly
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Classic lineup of Iron Butterfly in 1969: from left to right Doug Ingle (organ, lead vocals), Ron Bushy (drums, percussion), Lee Dorman (bass, backing vocals), Erik Braunn (guitars, backing and occasional lead vocals)
Background information
OriginSan Diego, California, United States
GenresPsychedelic rock, heavy metal,[1] acid rock, blues rock, hard rock
Years active1966–1971, 1974–1985, 1987–present
LabelsAtco, MCA
Associated actsRhinoceros, Captain Beyond
MembersRon Bushy
Charlie Marinkovich
Martin Gerschwitz
Past membersLee Dorman
Former members


  1. Buckley 2003, p. 523 "It is widely believed that the term 'heavy metal' was coined to describe the less than delicate sound of Iron Butterfly, a band vilified when they first emerged and still not accorded the respect they deserve."