The song's title was originally "In the Garden of Eden" but at one point in the course of rehearsing and recording, singer Doug Ingle became intoxicated and slurred the words, creating the mondegreen that stuck as the title.
However, another side to the event of the day says that drummer Ron Bushy was listening to the track through headphones, and could not clearly distinguish what Doug Ingle answered when Ron asked him for the title of the song.
An alternate explanation, as given in the liner notes of the 1995 re-release of the “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” album, is that Ingle was drunk or high, or both, when he first told Bushy the title, and Bushy wrote it down. Bushy then showed Ingle what he had written, and the slurred title stuck.
Well, either way, it didn’t matter. The album that contained the 17-minute title track went on sell over four million copies in the U.S. alone. Not bad for a stoned jam in the afternoon.
Founding member Doug Ingle became physically and emotionally exhausted after several years of nonstop touring; he resigned from the group in 1971. The organist, vocalist and primary composer for the band went on to form one of the best named bands ever - Stark Naked and the Car Thieves.
They never troubled the charts, but the original ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ album has the distinction of being the first album to go Platinum (shipping more than 1,000,000 copies) in the US, when the Platinum Award was instituted in 1976.
Or as Doug Ingle might say: “Alba-Mis-A-Pladdina”
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