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Iron Butterfly bassist died today

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassasaurus, Dec 21, 2012.

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  1. bassasaurus

    bassasaurus Zonker Supporting Member

    May 24, 2003
    Lee Dorman, bassist for proto-metal rockers Iron Butterfly, died today at his home in Orange County, Calif.. He was 70.

    The county coroner's office tells E! News that Dorman, who had a history of heart trouble, was found in his car at around 9 a.m., dead of what appeared to be natural causes.

    I started playing bass in the early 70's. The bass line for In-a-Gadda-da-Vida was an early must bass line in those days.

    RIP Lee
  2. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Rip lee. Your band did some great musc.
  3. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    Very sad indeed. I walked a few miles through the snow on Long Island to buy Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida as a youngster. I believe you meant "bassist" not basses.
  4. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    Doesn't JimmyM have his old SVT head?
  5. Josh Thatguy

    Josh Thatguy Registered abUser

    Damn. In-a-Gadda was one of the coolest riffs ever, just one of those instant hooks that etched its place in musical history. Of course there is a lllllot more to Iron Butterfly than that, but that's what pops into mind when you mention Iron Butterly. Even the late, great Peter Steele / Type O Negative stole the riff for a medley break in the song Too Late:Frozen in live settings. That riff always got a thumbs-up reaction from the crowd.

    If there were a heaven, it'd be cool to think he and Peter are up there working out some tunes. And looking for Dimebag to help out, too.
  6. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    It still IS one of the coolest basslines not hard but very cool ,, sad
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    His early bandmate Darryl DeLoach was my former executive assistant's brother. He quit the band before they cut In A Gadda Da Vida.
  8. sok monkee

    sok monkee Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Burlington N.C.
    Here u go! Wow looks like he's playing a Mosrite bass in this video very cool!!!
  9. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    Funny, I thought that he was found dead in his car in Monterrey after being missing 5 years ago. I just looked it up online and the story exactly matched what I had heard years ago. I know he was also involved in the space/military industrial industry.

    Rev J
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Nope, I've got the SVT that belonged to Doug Ingle, the organist.
  11. Arial Bender

    Arial Bender

    Oct 28, 2012
    Largo Fla.
    Junior High music class, teacher asks favorite song And most of the class says Inna Gadda Da Vida.Same teacher told us one day concerts would be people staring @ tape machines,she wasn't far off.
  12. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    No, you are thinking of (Phil)Taylor Kramer, the bassist for many years in the mid-1970's. He and Ron Bushy (drummer) shared their Northridge, CA studio with my band at the time (Blazze). They got hold of Rocket Richot as a guitarist, played the strip under the name "Gold" for a while. Phil was a very nice guy. He disappeared many years later and was found in his car skeletonized at the bottom of a canyon near Malibu around 1995 or 96. Bummer.
  13. jastacey

    jastacey Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2009
    In my opinion ... his best playing was the Metamorphosis album ... others may disagree, but lets agree to disagree,
  14. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    Maybe the loudest bad I ever saw at Hampton Beach Casino on the NH seacoast. So loud that even though I went into the gig tripping my brains out on acid, I was straight when I exited the gig. Sensory overload or something. I caught them again years later at a small club that held 70 people. Definitely responsible for one of the most iconic bass lines of the '60s, with a nice muted flats tone. RIP, brother.

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