The Doors were an American rock band, active in the late 1960s and early 1970s and often considered as pioneers of acid-rock, blues-rock and psychedelia. The Doors comprised vocalist Jim Morrison, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and drummer John Densmore. The Doors released nine studio albums, many of which achieved platinum status, and left a trail of memorable singles including 'Light My Fire', 'Break on Through (To the Other Side)' and 'Riders on the Storm'. Throughout their career The Doors exuded an aura of 'sex, drugs and rock'n' roll', culminating in Morrison's death in 1971.
Early Days: Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek met at the UCLA Graduate School of Film in California and decided to form a band after Morison impressed Manzarek with an original poem entitled 'Moonlight Drive'. Manzarek, who was playing in another band at the time, poached John Densmore and Robby Krieger from the Psychedelic Rangers. Bassist Pat Sullivan, along with other musicians, helped the band to record a demo. By the end of 1965 the band had chosen a name (inspired by Aldous Huxley's book 'The Doors of Perception'), the line-up was complete, and The Doors were born.
In 1966 The Doors began playing live and supported Van Morrison's group Them at the Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Strip. On the recommendation of Love's Arthur Lee they were snapped up by Elektra Records. Later that year, The Doors recorded their debut album and in January 1967 'The Doors' was released, reaching number two in the US chart. Although the lead single 'Break on Through (To the Other Side)' didn't break into the Top 100, its follow up 'Light My Fire' hit the number one spot. At the time The Doors were grouped with other 'counterculture' bands such as Jefferson Airplane and The Byrds.
Success: The Doors' second album 'Strange Days', released in October 1967, was also well received, with the singles 'People Are Strange' and 'Love Me Two Times' both climbing high in the charts.
By the time their next album, 'Waiting for the Sun', was released in 1968, however, Morrison was drinking heavily and many of The Doors' shows were descending into riots. Morrison was arrested for public obscenity and disorderly conduct, and The Doors' first European tour ended with his drug-induced collapse in Amsterdam. 'Waiting for the Sun' featured Morrison's mythical alter ego, the 'Lizard King', and spawned the number one single 'Hello, I Love You'.
Morrison's on-stage behaviour became increasingly erratic, veering between total disinterest and emotional outbursts, often screaming at the audience. Following a particularly outrageous gig in Miami, Florida, a warrant was put out for Morrison's arrest, causing promoters to cancel The Doors' upcoming shows.
'The Soft Parade' was released in June 1969 and although the first single to be taken from it, 'Touch Me', reached number three in the charts, successive singles failed to do as well. 1970 saw The Doors release their fifth studio album, 'Morrison Hotel', which steered away from the previous album's experimental territory, and towards a heavier blues-rock sound. The Doors continued in this vein with 1971's 'L.A. Woman' which produced the top twenty singles 'Love Her Madly' and 'Riders on the Storm' and was warmly received by critics and fans alike.
During the summer of 1970 The Doors performed at the Isle of Wight Festival alongside Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Joni Mitchell. In December that year, at the Warehouse in New Orleans, The Doors played their last ever show, during which Morrison had a breakdown on stage. Consequently, The Doors decided to retire from performing live and Morrison moved to Paris to concentrate on his writing.
Post-Morrison: Jim Morrison's body was found in the bathtub in his apartment on 3rd July 1971. Although it was concluded that he died of a heart attack, rumours still circulate about the exact cause of his death at the age of twenty-seven.
In October 1971 the remaining members of The Doors, with Krieger and Manzarek now on vocals, released the album 'Other Voices'. This was followed by the final Doors' album 'Full Circle' in 1972.
The Doors continued to record as a trio and even toyed with the idea of recruiting Iggy Pop, but the band eventually split in 1973. Five years later, The Doors reunited to release 'An American Prayer', an album containing music recorded to accompany Morrison's poetry.
Numerous live albums, box sets and compilations by The Doors have been released over the years and, in 1991, Oliver Stone's film biography of the group, starring Val Kilmer as Morrison, was released, sparking a renewed interest in the band.
The Surviving Members Of The Doors And Rocker Grace Slick Have Paid Tribute To Jefferson Airplane Co-founder Paul Kantner Following His Death On Thursday (28jan16).
The rocker, who has suffered poor health in recent years, was admitted to a hospital in San Francisco, California after suffering a heart attack earlier this week (beg25Jan16) and he passed away on Thursday due to multiple organ failure and septic shock.
He was best known for co-founding psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s, as well as spin-off group Jefferson Starship, and members of Jim Morrison's The Doors, who also rose to fame in California in the '60s, have paid tribute to Kantner.
"Our condolences go out to the friends, family and fans of Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane on the news of his passing," the musicians write in a statement posted on the band's Facebook.com page. "Music would not be the same without the sounds of The Doors and Jefferson Airplane, which both contributed so heavily to the signature sound of the 60s and 70s. They often shared the same bill."
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The Velvet Underground star, who passed away in 2013, sat down with journalist Joe Smith in 1987 and opened up about his thoughts on the Fab Four and Jim Morrison's band.
In the chat, which has now been published as part of the PBS Digital Studios' Blank on Blank series, Reed insisted he "liked nobody" when he started out with his band in the 1960s.
Continue reading: Lou Reed Slams Beatles From Beyond The Grave
The rare item will be among the highlights at Profiles in History's upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Auction on 18 December (13).
The notebook, which Morrison updated during his final months in Paris, features musings, poetry and notes that have never been published.
Continue reading: Jim Morrison's Final Thoughts In Unpublished Notebook To Sell At Auction
Manzarek, who co-founded the band with Jim Morrison in 1965, lost his battle with bile duct cancer in May (13) and his passing prompted Krieger and drummer John Densmore to end a longrunning feud and discuss plans for a tribute concert.
However, the guitarist admits he is still stuck in the grieving process.
Continue reading: Robby Krieger Still Struggling With Ray Manzarek's Death
In a positively packed week for news, The Doors' keyboard pioneer Ray Manzarek sadly passed away, while George Michael cheated death by falling out of a speeding car. Justin Bieber was once again in the headlines for various discrepancies.
End of the Night: Tributes were paid this week to Ray Manzarek, pioneering keyboardist with The Doors who died in Germany aged 74. He formed the band with lead singer Jim Morrison after a chance meeting in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, and the pair went on to create some of the finest rock music in history.
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The iconic keyboardist has passed away in Germany
Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player and co-founded of The Doors with Jim Morrison, passed away at a clinic in Germany Monday (May 20), according to a post on the band's Facebook page. He was 74-year-old.
Manzarek death was caused by bile duct cancer, which the music legend had kept quiet from the public in the build up to his untimely demise. Ray was a founding member of the legendary rock group that formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, effectively ending with the death of iconic frontman Jim Morrison in 1971. The band did perform and release music again in various other guises after, with a variety of differing frontmen. He is portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in the Oliver Stone biopic of the band.
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The keyboard player, who co-founded the band with Jim Morrison in 1965, passed away at a clinic in Germany on Monday (20May13) after a fight with bile duct cancer. He was 74.
Bandmate Robby Krieger released a touching statement in the hours after his death, and now The Doors' drummer Densmore has added his own thoughts on Manzarek's passing.
Continue reading: Ray Manzarek Tributes Pour In After His Death
Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age will follow the Light My Fire's life before he became a rock legend, destined to die too young in Paris, France in 1971, and will feature never-before-seen home movies and photographs from his formative years.
The new film, from brothers Jeff and Jess Finn, also sheds new light on his mysterious death and includes interviews with Morrison's brother Andy, his college roommate and former Doors roadie Gareth Blyth.
The existing members of The Doors have opened up about the myth suggesting tragic frontman Jim Morrison was high on acid when the group performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 1968, insisting it was a secret the enigmatic singer took to the grave.
Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger have regrouped to reminisce about the fabled concert on a new remastered Dvd/Blu-Ray pack, The Doors - Live at the Hollywood Bowl, and the trio admits there's still no conclusive evidence Morrison was stoned immaculate, to quote one of their own lyrics.
In the new film's bonus footage, Manzarek says, "There is a rumour that Jim was on acid. I don't know that for a fact."
Continue reading: The Doors Open Up About Jim Morrison's Hollywood Bowl Acid Trip
The Doors and Ray Manzarek - Former keyboardist for The Doors Ray Manzarek and Legendary blues guitarist Roy Rodgers New York City , USA - perform on their Translucent Blues Tour at The Highline Ballroom Monday 23rd May 2011
Police and The Doors Saturday 5th April 2008 The Police guard the doors of King Edward VII's Hospital, where The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip spent the night due to a chest infection London, England