Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, best known for his work with psychedelic rock act Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond, has passed away at the age of 63. Reinhardt was admitted to the hospital last week with an infection.
Reinhardt, who was born in 1948, began his music career in the early 1960s by performing with local bands in and around Florida. Less than a decade later, Reinhardt took the place of Erik Braunn in Iron Butterfly. He played on the group’s fourth album, 1970’s ‘Metamorphosis,’ but didn’t compose any of the songs. The album is reportedly one of the earliest rock records to feature a talk box.
Following Iron Butterfly’s breakup, Reinhardt and ex-Iron Butterfly member Lee Dorman formed Captain Beyond with former Deep Purple singer Rod Evans and former Johnny Winter/Rick Derringer drummer Bobby Caldwell. The supergroup disbanded in 1977, after being together for only five years.
In subsequent years, Reinhardt continued to participate in Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond reunions. He even released a few solo albums, most recently ‘Back in the Day’ with Rhino and The Posse in 2011.
Reinhardt’s publicist, Billy James, told Sarasota, FL’s Herald Tribune, “I knew Rhino had had some health problems over the past year, but he had been playing around and he wanted to tour this year. This is sad because he was a really nice guy and never let his ego get in the way. He was rockin’ to the end.”