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Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman dies at age 70

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities say Lee Dorman, the bassist of psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, has died at age 70.

Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Gail Krause says Dorman was found dead in a vehicle Friday morning. A coroner's investigation is under way, but foul play is not suspected.

Dorman was also a founding member of the rock group Captain Beyond.

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Iron Butterfly rose to prominence in the late 1960s. According to the band's website, its second album, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," sold more than 30 million copies. Portions of the song have been featured in numerous films and TV shows.

Douglas Lee Dorman was born in September 1942 and had been living in Laguna Nigel, a coastal city in Southern California, when he died.

A message sent through the band's website was not immediately returned.

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11Comments
Dec 23, 2012 9:13AM
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Too bad about Lee...And too bad Iron Butterfly is only remembered for one song. And finally, too bad Captian Beyond never became better known. They were truly one of the best bands that most people never heard of...
Dec 22, 2012 11:45AM
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I saw Captain Beyond live in the early 70's with singer Rod Evans,who sang Hush by Deep Purple,Rhino Rheinhardt on guitar and drummer Bobby Caldwell of Johnny Winter And.Lee was fantastic as was the whole band.RIP Lee and Rhino who passed a few months ago.

 

Dec 22, 2012 12:08AM
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Overlooked was his brilliant work with the vastly underrated Captain Beyond Band. RIP.
Dec 21, 2012 11:22PM
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This is by far the most creative music of the era... I am going to make my guests, should I have any, sit through the entire song at my funeral.  I lOVE THE CRATIVE GENIOUS OF THIS.
Dec 21, 2012 11:01PM
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Great song, " In The Garden of Eden ''.
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