Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today!

The Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” was released 50 years ago today.

First album to be certified Platinum!

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Gold Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

Dad was the Iron Butterfly’s manager and attorney.
I played at the band’s ranch in Topanga Canyon when I was little.
I also played piano at the age of five with Herbie Hancock when he stayed at our house.
I was backstage and under the bleachers when Black Oak Arkansas played Circus Circus in Las Vegas in the early 70’s.

Dad managed all of them and other famous artists while we were growing up in Los Angeles. It was not your ordinary childhood.

“IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA” by the Iron Butterfly 1968

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The band’s seminal 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is among the world’s 40 best-selling albums, with more than 30 million copies sold. Iron Butterfly is also notable for being the first group to receive an RIAA Platinum Award. It went to #4 on the U.S. charts.

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The Iron Butterfly in 1968

Doug Ingle (organ, lead vocals), Ron Bushy (drums, percussion), Lee Dorman (bass, backing vocals), Erik Braunn (guitars, backing and occasional lead vocals)

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In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?

Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya now.
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?

In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?
Oh won’tcha come with me,
And take my hand?

Oh won’tcha come with me,
And walk this land?
Please take my hand…
Let me tell ya.

Two, three, four!
In-a-gadda-da-vida honey,
Don’tcha know that I love you?
In-a-gadda-da-vida baby,
Don’tcha know that I’ll always be true?

Written by Douglas Ingle • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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In early 1968, the band’s debut album Heavy was released after signing a deal with ATCO, an Atlantic Records subsidiary. All but Ingle and Bushy left the band after recording the album in late 1967. Faced with the possibility of the record not being released, they quickly found replacements in bassist Lee Dorman and guitarist Erik Brann (also known as “Erik Braunn” and “Erik Braun”) and resumed touring.

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I almost went to Woodstock! This was a smash hit record in the Summer of Love 1968. Here’s the story from Wikipedia that I heard when I was growing up:

The band had been booked to play at Woodstock, the manager demanded that the Butterfly be flown in by helicopter, whereupon they would “immediately” take the stage. After their set, they would be paid and flown back to the airport. The manager was told that this would be taken into consideration and he would be called back. In truth, the demands were never given a second thought. Dorman later expressed regret at this turn of events, feeling the band’s career may have gone further had they played the festival. According to drummer Bushy, “We went down to the Port Authority three times and waited for the helicopter, but it never showed up”.

But I always heard that Dad had refused to let the band get on the helicopters unless they were paid first and that’s why we never got to Woodstock….

Here’s the truth. The band’s equipment and lightshow got stuck in the famous New York Throughway traffic jam and never made it to the location. The band was stuck in NYC (and needed a helicopter to get to the festival) and the staff at Woodstock had too many problems to deal with and said “f*ck you”, the helicopter never came and the band did not go to Woodstock.

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Iron Butterfly “Ball” 1969

The gold record for this album is on the wall too. It went to #3 on the U.S. charts.

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Gold Record for “Ball” by the Iron Butterfly

The next album, Ball, reached number three on the charts and went gold, but more lineup changes followed. In 1970, with Erik Brann gone, Iron Butterfly released their fourth studio album, Metamorphosis with two new members, guitarist/vocalist Mike Pinera (whose Blues Image had opened for the Butterfly’s Vida tour) and guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt.

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“Metamorphosis” – the fourth studio album by Iron Butterfly, released August 13 , 1970.

The album managed to get into the top 20, but Doug Ingle quit the group shortly after its release. Without an organist for the first time in their history, the remaining four members cut a single, “Silly Sally”. It failed to chart and proved to be their last recording. The band broke up after playing a final show on May 23, 1971. Dorman and Reinhardt subsequently founded Captain Beyond.

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Captain Beyond – “Captain Beyond” (self-titled) 1972

Captain Beyond was a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971. The original line-up was singer Rod Evans, guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, bassist Lee Dorman, and drummer Bobby Caldwell. Evans was the original lead singer for Deep Purple best known for his vocals on their 1968 debut chart-breaker “Hush”. Reinhardt and Dorman had played in Iron Butterfly; Dorman, in particular, played on most of Butterfly’s early albums, including their 1968 breakthrough In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Caldwell had come to prominence playing with Johnny Winter.

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A fine Pizza Tribute in Las Vegas

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Platinum Record for “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida” by the Iron Butterfly

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Vintage Disney Storage Finds #5

Vintage Disney Stuff!
Thrift Store Finds in Oregon!

Found some really great stuff on this last trip. There are some great places for antiques and other stuff in and around Ashland. Here are some of the Disney things I found:

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Disney Thrift Store Find

Disney Thrift Store Find – 3 Coffee Cups, 2 Shot Glasses

Mickey coffee cup, Princesses coffee cup, Disney Character (raised/relief) coffee cup, Disneyland 50th Anniversary shot glass and a John Wayne Airport shot glass! Winnie the Pooh plush toy, Winnie the Pooh ceramic bank (missing the honey pot door), plastic Pluto bank, the Jungle Book See Hear Read book & record, a great bag of Donald Duck toys with a Donald Duck PEZ and matching Mickey & Minnie toys and more!

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Disney Thrift Store Find – Winnie the Pooh Plush Toy

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Disney Thrift Store Find – Winnie the Pooh Ceramic (missing the Honey Pot door)

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Disney Thrift Store Find – Pluto Plastic Bank

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Disney Thrift Store Find – Jungle Book “See, Hear, Read” Book & Record

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Disney Thrift Store Find – Jungle Book “See, Hear, Read” Book & Record

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Disney Thrift Store Find – Bag of Donald Duck Toys! Some rare ones too!

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Disney Thrift Store Find – Donald Duck PEZ Dispenser (with old PEZ candy)

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It’s Rex Manning Day 2017!

Did you think I forgot?
C’mon now, it’s Rex Manning Day 2017!

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Yes, we just just updated this Blog from 2015 to 2017!
“Damn the Man!” Celebrate Rex Manning Day!

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April 8th! It’s Rex Manning Day!

“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!”

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“Say No More…. Mon Amour!”

The video for “Say No More (Mon Amour)” was shot in one day at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. Originally, it was meant to be just 17 seconds of dance moves, but it was so good, they just went ahead and filmed the entire music video.

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“We mustn’t dwell. No, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning day!”

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Rex Manning was a fictional pop star (played by the very talented actor Maxwell Caulfied) in the 1995 film Empire Records.

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Rex “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!” Manning

On April 8th, Rex “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!” Manning has a scheduled appearance at Empire Records, a small independent record store.

EMPIRE RECORDS – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112950
(a cult classic from 1995 – USA Release date: October 20, 1995)
Directed by Allan Moyle
Written by Carol Heikkenen
Casting by Gail Levin

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“They’re selling music, not selling out.” – Tagline from Empire Records

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Lucas: Mark, who’s your favorite singer?

Mark: Axl.

Lucas: Well if Axl Rose was driving down the highway, and saw Rex Manning stranded on the side of the road, do you think Axl Rose would stop and help him?

Mark: [thinks] … Does Axl have a jack?

Warren: No way man!…. Axl would spin the wheel, take aim, pound on the gas…. and take that sucker out!

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Rex Manning and “Warren Beatty”

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Just Say “NO” to Music Town!

“Damn the Man! Save the Empire!”

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Things to Do on Rex Manning Day!

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“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!”

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Gina and Rex (navy blue briefs) Manning

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NOTE: According to Johnny Whitworth’s Twitter, the date April 8th was chosen as the date for the story because it’s the day Kurt Cobain died (was it suicide or murder?).

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UPDATED Saturday, April 8th 2017 – It’s Rex Manning Day again!

Welcome washed-up music heartthrob Rex “Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy!” Manning!
A former 80’s pop idol, Rex is due to arrive at the store for an autograph session to promote his new album and single “Say No More, Mon Amour”.

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SPOILER ALERT!

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The staff at Empire Records are not fans of Rex Manning’s or of “Rex Manning Day” and the fans showing up to meet him are older women and gay men. The employees make fun of Rex behind his back about his fading career and later tell him to his face. And even his personal assistant Jane reveals her distaste for Rex’s music and quits her job.

Gina has sex with Rex Manning in the count-out room, causing the rift between her and Corey to intensify and Rex to get kicked out of the store.

“Why don’t you all just fade away.” – Rex Manning

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Empire Records (1995)

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SING ALONG WITH REX MANNING!

Say No More… (Mon Amour) Lyrics:

“Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy…”

Hello Baby.

“Hi what are you doing?
Do you want to come over?”

♫ Call me on my car phone with that je ne sais quois
You say you need a little of my ooh-la-la
I know you get lonely in your canopy bed
Well say no more baby i’ll be running every red

Say no more Mon Amour
I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door
Here I come baby je t’adore
Lips are for kissing baby so say no more ♫

(Say no more
Mon Amour ah hah)

♫ You greet me with a smile and a glass of ro-se
I find myself distracted by your black negligee
You tell me everything with that look on your face
Say no more baby, lets cut to the chase

Say no more Mon Amour
I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door
Here I come baby je t’adore
Lips are for kissing baby so say no more ♫

(Rex Speaking in French)

Say no more Mon Amour
I’ll bring my lovin’ right to your front door
Here I come baby je t’adore
Lips are for kissing baby so say no more ♫

Oh no more, oh no more
Oh baby, adorable

(Rex Singing in French)

Ah Mon Amour, Mon Amour, Mon Amour……

 

NOTE: We highly recommend “All Things Must Pass” the Tower Records documentary film by Colin Hanks about the rise and fall of Tower Records Music Stores in the USA.

Hangin’ at Warner Brothers in “Beautiful Downtown Burbank”

Beautiful Burbank – Hangin’ at Warner Brothers!

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Warner Brothers 3400 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“What’s up Doc?”

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Warner Brothers Plaza – Warner & Avon – Bugs Bunny (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Take the Warner Brothers VIP Tour!  Contact me for details!

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Warner Brothers Plaza – Warner & Avon – Daffy Duck (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Warner Brothers Records “The Rabbit Hutch” – 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Warner Brothers Studio Lot – Gate 5 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Building 140 – Used to be Casting Office Central (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Flashback!

Flashback! Building 140 – Waiting in the Hallway (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Beautiful Downtown Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

12-APR-13: Warner Brothers Records

Warner Brothers Records – “The Rabbit Hutch” in Burbank

I used to work in this building.  I worked in the basement, that’s where the A&R Department was located in the early 90’s, back when Lenny and Mo were in charge.

And from this building came some of the greatest music ever made!

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Warner Brothers Records “The Rabbit Hutch” – 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank , CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Warner Brothers Records Inc. is the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group, and now operates as a subsidiary of that corporation. It maintains a close relationship with its former parent, Warner Brothers Pictures, although the two companies are independently owned.  Warner Brothers Records was originally established in 1958 and for most of its existence it was a record label owned and operated by larger parent corporations. A sequence of companies controlled Warner Brothers and its allied labels, from the early 60s to the early 2000s. Over this period, Warner Brothers Records grew from a struggling minor player in the industry to become one of the top recording labels in the world.

(Read more about the history of the label at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros._Records)

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