Iron Butterfly founding member and lead singer, Doug Ingle, passes away at the age of 78, surrounded by family members in a peaceful manner.

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Doug Ingle, the original lead singer of the rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at the age of 78.

The Omaha, Nebraska native was the last surviving member of the classic Iron Butterfly lineup that performed on their second studio album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida album (1968). 

‘It’s with a heavy heart & great sadness to announce the passing of my Father Doug Ingle. Dad passed away peacefully [Friday] evening [May 24] in the presence of family,’ his son, Doug Ingle Jr., wrote in a Facebook post, as reported by Deadline.

He continued, ‘Thank You Dad for being a father, teacher and friend. Cherished loving memories I will carry the rest of my days moving forward in this journey of life. Love you Dad.’

The band formed in San Diego in 1966 with original members: Ingle (vocals and organ), Jack Pinney (drums), Greg Willis (bass) and Danny Weis (guitar).

Iron Butterfly founding member and lead singer, Doug Ingle, passes away at the age of 78, surrounded by family members in a peaceful manner.

Doug Ingle, Iron Butterfly’s original lead singer and organist, passed away on Friday, May 24, at the age of 78; he is pictured performing in new York in 1969

Iron Butterfly would go through a slew of member changes over the years, but most people consider the classic lineup to be Ingle (vocals) Bushy (drums), Lee Dorman (bass) and Erik Brann (guitar).

The latter two members joined after the recording of their debut studio album, Heavy (1968).

But it was their sophomore release, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968), that would go on to become their best-seller behind the success of their 17-minute title track, which had an edited 2:52 version that became a top 30 hit.

The album ended up staying on the Billboard charts for a staggering 140 weeks, ultimately selling over 30 million copies.

The band’s third album, Ball (1969), was also a hit by reaching gold status and reaching number three on the Billboard.

Around this time, Iron Butterfly had been booked to play at Woodstock in August 1969 but got stuck at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.

Ingle would go on to co-write some other hits for the band such as Soul Experience, In The Time Of Our Lives, and Easy Rider.

He would record a fourth record with the band, Metamorphosis (1970), which peaked at number 16 in the U.S., before leaving the band in 1971.

Ingle (front center) was the lead singer of the classic Iron Butterfly lineup that also featured Erik Braun (guitar), Lee Dorman (bass) and Ron Bushy (drums) on their most success studio album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)

Ingle (front center) was the lead singer of the classic Iron Butterfly lineup that also featured Erik Braun (guitar), Lee Dorman (bass) and Ron Bushy (drums) on their most success studio album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)

Ingle, an Omaha, Nebraska native, left Iron Butterfly in 1971 after four studio albums, although he did join the band on occasion out on tour over the years; he's pictured in 1997

Ingle, an Omaha, Nebraska native, left Iron Butterfly in 1971 after four studio albums, although he did join the band on occasion out on tour over the years; he’s pictured in 1997

After his departure, Iron Butterfly released two more albums: Scorching Beauty (1975) and Sun and Steel (1975). 

Ingle did make the occasional appearance on stage with the band while out on tour over the decades.   

There have been many more lineup changes throughout the years leading up to this day, although none of them are original members or from the classic lineup. 

Iron Butterfly’s music has had a significant impact on the rock scene all across the world since the late 1960s, influencing such classic bands as Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Rush, Alice Cooper, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Mountain, Slayer, Uriah Heep and Queens Of The Stone Age.

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