Jim Morrison was the front man of the great band The Doors, and maybe the most talked about, but certainly not the only great creative mind that made up the rock band out of Los Angeles California. They were four all American kids with a love for music doing what they loved to do in the year 1965. Jim Morrison- vocalist, Ray Manzarek- keyboardist, John Densmore-drummer, and Robby Krieger on the guitar.
Electra Records signed them in 1966. The first of a series of top ten albums in the US was released in 1967, titled The doors. Then came :
*Strange Days (1967)
*Waiting for the Sun (1968)
*The Soft Parade (1969)
*Morrison Hotel (1970)
*Absolutely Live (1970)
*L.A Woman (1971)
The albums won them 19 gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. In the 1960’s they were the most controversial act around and the act to catch on Sunset Boulevard when you were in LA. Mainly because of Jim Morrison’s looks, ground breaking lyrics and his crazy on stage persona, that in those days was jaw dropping. But come to think of it, no one since has made such a huge mark on the music scene of LA that I can think of. The Lizard King holds his throw till this day, looking down upon us from the heavens… if in fact he actually has left this place, some say he is still among us. He is said to have past away in 1971. The remaining members forged on as a trio until they decided to breakup in 1973. In 1993 the Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Before they were signed on by Elektra Records the group was playing gigs at a Los Angeles night club called London Fog and quickly added the well known Whisky a Go Go, the club where they became the house band and a favorite of the music scene regulars. The bands self titled debut album was recorded in their own stomping ground, the neighborhood recording studio… Sunset Sound Recording Studios. They gifted us by putting most of the major songs form the sets they played at the downtown night clubs on vinyl forever making them a part of a music lovers life and soundtrack to many remarkable moments in our lives. Inspiring many artist and people in the years following their short time of six years of performing together as a whole band before the departure of Jim Morrison. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors continue to tour performing Doors songs exclusively.
Some great song quotes if you havent had the pleasure of checking out some of the music by the Doors are memorable and still make a point.. even in our time. Take a peek inside the head of the Doors, maybe you’ll be inclined to dive in and go for a ride you’ll be sure to get back on again and again once you hear what they are trying to say.
* “Day destroys the night, night divides the day. Tried to run, tried to hide, break on through to the other side.”
* “Don’t move to fast if you want your love to last”
* “Oh tell me where your freedom lies, the streets are fields that never die. Deliver me from reasons why, you’d rather cry, I’d rather fly.”