Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In the Garden of Eden...

... baby! On this date in rock and roll history in 1968 (actually it was yesterday, but I was too busy yesterday to post), the Iron Butterfly single "In A Gadda Da Vida" went gold. Now in my home town, when I was playing in bands in high school, to be accepted as a decent drummer, you had to be able to play the drum solos to either "In A Gadda Da Vida" or "Toad" by Cream. Not meaning to brag, but I could play both... The song, at 18+ minutes, was way too long for top 40 radio, so they did make a shorter version sans the drum solo for radio play. So let's enjoy the video, which I think comes from a public television special on the '60's produced a few years back; it featured Erik Braunn on lead guitar, who, unfortunately, is no longer with us, having died in 2003; Ron Bushy on drums, Lee Dorman on bass, and Charlie Marinkovich doing the keyboard solo on a Hammond B-3 (sounds much better than the ol' combo organ he used in the '60's, for sure!). Thanks to www.rockhall.com for the info, and keep on rockin'!

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