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in the "lesser-known but dead as well" department:

Erik Braunn, the lead guitarist of Iron Butterfly, has died.

Those of you in the over 40 or so department will remember Iron Butterfly as the band who did the classic 1968 song, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.

And the rest of you might recognize that song as a church hymn.

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Weren't the original lyrics to that song, "In the Garden of Eden..."?

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Wow. The passing of an era. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, baby.

And of course, it is always good for a cheap throw-away line:

"Bill correctly identified the three most-played songs in the English-speaking world as Happy Birthday to You, Auld Lang Syne, and In-a-Godda-Da-Vida".

God that song sucked. %-)

Wasn't their other guitarist Randy California, who went on to join SPIRIT?

:-)

I actually went to see them.

Do not ask me when.

Mheh.

Some of us remember it as both. :-)

Honestly, I now start the Bart singalong whenever I hear it.

You don't have to be over forty to know that; you just have to watch the Simpsons.

Now I'm stuck with Reverend Lovejoy in my head, saying "I. Ron Butterfly."

Yep the name of the song is "In the Garden of Eden" but the bloke who sang it was so fuxxored at the time that it came out as you hear it.

not only don't you have to be over 40 to know it, but it's important to remember that a lot of us teenyboppers saw it on the simpsons and didn't get the joke until they downloaded the original. but that wouldn't have been me, of course (cough cough)

So many memories, so long ago