Ron Bushy performing "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", Germany, May 2005
December 23, 1941 |
Washington, D.C., United States
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, acid rock, hard rock, instrumental|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, graphic artist|
|Years active||1966–1971, 1974–1980, 1982, 1987–1988, 1993–present|
|Associated acts||Gold, Iron Butterfly, Magic|
He was born in Washington, D.C. on December 23, 1941, and lives in Los Angeles.
He married his wife Nancy Bushy on February 14, 1982. They have two 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.
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.
He built his own plexiglas acrylic drum set and it is thought to be the first one built using plexiglas acrylic. 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.
- Ron Bushy at the Internet Movie Database
- Iron Butterfly official website
- Drumhead interview
- Everything 2
- Classic Bands