Ron Bushy

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Ron Bushy
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Ron Bushy performing "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", Germany, May 2005
Background information
Born (1941-12-23) December 23, 1941 (age 72)
Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Psychedelic rock, acid rock, hard rock, instrumental
Occupation(s) Musician, graphic artist
Instruments Drums
Years active 1966–1971, 1974–1980, 1982, 1987–1988, 1993–present
Labels Atlantic ATCO
Associated acts Gold, Iron Butterfly, Magic

Ron Bushy (born December 23, 1941) is the drummer of the rock band Iron Butterfly. He is the only member of the group to appear on all six of their studio albums.

He was born in Washington, D.C. on December 23, 1941, and lives in Los Angeles. Married to his wife Nancy Bushy on February 14, 1982 raising 2 daughters Nicole, and Brooke. Bushy also has a daughter Jessica, born January 22, 1970, from his previous marriage.


He grew up in a military family, living in approximately 34 states during his youth. He first learned to play the drums when he was in the sixth grade.

Bushy is a writer and musician, and is highly respected for his lengthy drum solo in "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," with his primal drum patterns, that set the standard for generations of rock drummers. Ron is also highly skilled in the graphic arts and has created most of the logos and artwork as seen on the Iron Butterfly merchandise and advertising.

Other bands[edit]

Magic (1977-1978): Bushy (drums) and Walter Kibbey (drums), Ron "Rocket" Ritchotte (guitar, vocals), former Iron Butterfly members Philip Taylor Kramer (bass, vocals) and Bill DeMartines (keyboards, vocals)..

Gold (1978-1980): Bushy (drums), Ritchotte (guitar, vocals), whose spot was later filled by Stuart Young (guitar, vocals), John Koehring (guitar, lead vocals), and Kramer (bass, vocals). They recorded one album in Spring of 1979 that was never released.

Drum set[edit]

He built his own plexiglas acrylic drum set and it is thought to be the first one built using plexiglas acrylic.[citation needed] It has a number of butterfly picture cut-outs taped to it. The bass drum is twice the depth of a normal bass drum, so it pushes a longer column of air. The air column was so strong that when miking the bass drum, small sandbag weights were used to keep the air column from pushing over the microphone.

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