The music world has lost another legend in the form of Lee Dorman, who was the bass player for proto-metal rockers Iron Butterfly. Dorman was found dead in his car on December 21, 2012, of what doctors say were natural causes. There was no foul play suspected according to reports.
Gail Krause, who is the sheriff for Orange County said that the 70-year-old bass player’s body was found in a vehicle and that he could have been on his way to see a doctor at the time. Krause had a history of heart trouble and a coroners investigation will reveal the full picture, even though police believe that he died of natural causes.
One of the main claims to fame for the band Iron Butterfly was their second album ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’. The 17-minute long title track has been used in some of today’s well-known TV series such as ‘That 70’s Show’, ‘The Simpsons’ and the series finale of ‘Rescue Me’. Their album has sold a whopping 30 million copies the world over since its release in 1968.
Douglas Lee Dorman became a member of the Iron Butterfly in the year 1967 and carried on to play with the band on and off. In the year 1970 Dorman joined hands with Rod Evans, Bobby Caldwell and Larry Reinhardt to form a band called Captain Beyond.
Dorman will be remembered as a great bass player and a core element of the Iron Butterfly’s sound.