Lee Dorman

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Lee Dorman
Dorman with Iron Butterfly in Prague, 2012.
Dorman with Iron Butterfly in Prague, 2012.
Background information
Born(1942-09-15)September 15, 1942
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
DiedDecember 21, 2012(2012-12-21) (aged 70)
Laguna Niguel, California
United States
GenresPsychedelic rock
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, vocals
Years active1960s–2012
LabelsAtco, Capricorn

Douglas Lee Dorman (September 15, 1942 – December 21, 2012) was an American bass guitarist best known as a member of the psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly. After replacing Jerry Penrod following Iron Butterfly’s debut album, Dorman had four stints with the group; 1967 to 1971, 1977 to 1978, 1978 to 1985, and from 1987 until his death in 2012. Shortly after his first departure from Iron Butterfly in 1971, Dorman co-founded the band Captain Beyond with ex-Deep Purple lead vocalist Rod Evans, Dorman’s Butterfly band mate Larry Reinhardt, and Bobby Caldwell.[1] Dorman was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to San Diego in the 1960s. He began playing bass guitar in his teens. While recording In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Dorman assisted Erik Brann with the arrangement of Brann's song "Termination," and was given a co-writing credit.

Dorman died of natural causes in his car in Laguna Niguel, California on December 21, 2012.[2] He was the second member of the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida lineup, preceded by Erik Brann and succeeded by Ron Bushy, to die.


  1. ^ Hill, Gary. "Biography: Lee Dorman". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  2. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (22 December 2012). "Lee Dorman, Bass Guitarist, Dies at 70". The New York Times.

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