Iron Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy dies at age 79: Only band member to appear on all six studio albums dies in LA
Ron Bushy, drummer of the band Iron Butterfly, has died according to… TMZ.
The musician, 79, died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, surrounded by family.
A cause of death has not been released, but Bushy had battled a form of cancer.
Gone Too Soon: Iron Butterfly Drummer Ron Bushy Has Died According to TMZ
Bushy was the only Iron Butterfly member to appear on all six of their studio albums.
He is probably best known for his work on In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, a 17-minute long song from 1968 in which the drummer plays a 2-3 minute solo.
The drummer was born in Washington, DC in 1941. He joined Iron Butterfly in the mid-1960s after their drummer, Robert Morse, had to leave the group due to a family emergency.
Iron Butterfly was influential in the early stages of hard rock and heavy metal music.
The band’s journey through fame was inconsistent. The band broke up in 1971, then reformed in 1974 before breaking up again in 1985. Iron Butterfly reformed in 1987 and then disbanded in 2012. In 2015, the band got back together and is still active.
Most Consistent Member: Bushy, seen here in 1970, was the only member of the group to appear on all six studio albums
Due to the many instances of breaking up and reforming, Iron Butterfly now looks very different than it did in the past. The group has had dozens of members throughout its long history.
These members include Guy Babylon, who worked with Elton John, and Mike Pinera, who served as lead guitarist for Alice Cooper.
Until his death, Bushy was one of the most consistent members of the band. He retired from playing full-time in mid-2010 due to health issues, but he still made guest appearances with the new group after they formed in 2015. He also played with groups such as Magic and Gold during his career.
He leaves behind his wife Nancy, their three daughters and their six grandchildren.
Now a family man: Bushy played music full-time for much of his life, but still had time for family. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his three daughters and six grandchildren