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Ron Bushy, drummer of psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, passed away at the age of 79 over the weekend.
The band posted on their Facebook page that Bushy “passed away peacefully, with his wife Nancy by his side.” According to TMZ, the drummer had been facing cancer for some time.
Bushy had been with Iron Butterfly since he joined the Los Angeles band in 1966. Iron Butterfly released six studio albums from 1968 to 1975 and are most known for their 17-minute psychedelic staple In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, which put their name on the rock ‘n’ roll map. The eccentric tune also showcased Bushy’s talent with his long drum solo within the song. Bushy was the most consistent member and the was the only one to play on each album.
Bushy continued to tour with Iron Butterfly (who now feature almost all new members) until the 2010s when health issues forced him to take a break, but he continued to make occasional guest appearances with the current lineup.
Watch the 1968 music video for In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida here: