Doug Ingle

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Doug Ingle
Birth name Douglas Lloyd Ingle
Born (1945-09-09) September 9, 1945 (age 70)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Genres Psychedelic rock
Acid rock
Hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Keyboards, Vocals, Acoustic guitar
Years active 1964–1971;
Associated acts Jeri and the Jeritones
The Palace Pages
Iron Butterfly
Stark Naked & The Car Thieves
Website [1]
Notable instruments
Organ, vocals

Douglas Lloyd "Doug" Ingle (born September 9, 1945 in Omaha, Nebraska, US) is a founding member and, formerly, organist, vocalist, primary composer and lead vocalist for the band Iron Butterfly.[1] He also had a short stint with the pop group Stark Naked and the Car Thieves in the early 1970s after he left Iron Butterfly.[2]


Ingle's father Lloyd, a church organist, introduced him to music at an early age. Ingle moved from his native Nebraska within three months of his birth to the Rocky Mountains and later the family moved to San Diego.

His work is featured on Iron Butterfly albums Heavy, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Ball and Metamorphosis. Most famously, he authored the band's biggest hit, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". He co-authored their remaining three hits ("Soul Experience", "In the Time of Our Lives", and "Easy Rider") with other members of the group. When he originally wrote "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", he had not intended it to run seventeen minutes long.[3] The album and subsequent single release of the title track vaulted Ingle and the band to national prominence. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" received the first Platinum Record sales Award in the history of the Recording Industry and became a landmark record in psychedelic rock.

After becoming physically and emotionally exhausted after several years of nonstop touring, Ingle left Iron Butterfly in 1971. He toured occasionally with his former band members since that time but was not involved with either of Iron Butterfly's later two album recordings Scorching Beauty and Sun And Steel.

He currently lives in California with his third wife Cheri.


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Iron Butterfly". AMG. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Biography: Stark Naked and the Car Thieves". 
  3. ^ In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (liner notes)

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