Thu 07-16-98 06:20 am


LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hippies everywhere may want to hold their cigarette lighters up next Monday (July 20) in honor of the late-’60s metal band Iron Butterfly.

That’s because July 20 marks the 30th anniversary of the day the extremely long “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” appeared on the music charts.

Iron Butterfly’s bass player, Lee Dorman, says the song was originally a slow ballad entitled “In The Garden Of Eden” but the unusual spelling came about when the group’s lead singer Doug Ingle slurred the title while bombed on red wine.

Dorman says the reason the notoriously long song lasts 17 minutes was because the band wanted to include long instrumental solos to “represent the passage of life.”

That long version didn’t sit too well with top 40 radio programmers, who immediately shortened it for regular radio play. Some DJs did use the lengthy version – but usually as a filler when they needed to take potty breaks.

These days, Iron Butterfly still performs about 75 dates a year and Dorman says the group will celebrate the anniversary by rehearsing for an upcoming tour.

CONTACT: Lee Dorman, ****; Arrange with Kathy Erwin; Minneapolis, MN; (612) ***-****

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