Drummer John Densmore (the Doors)
Drummer
The Doors

John Densmore

December 1, 1944, Los Angeles, CA

John Densmore, of course, was the drummer for the legendary Doors, whom he joined with guitarist Robby Krieger after the two were recruited out of a band called the Psychedelic Rangers. Although Densmore was perhaps the least visible member of the group, his jazz training provided subtle rhythmic shifts away from the rock norm, furthering the band's unique sound. ~ Allmusic: John Densmore ~ retrieved November 23 ,2013 © Allmusic

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December 1, 1973 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (9) Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ~ #2 (1) Ringo Starr, Photograph ~ #1 (3) Carpenters, Top Of The World

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John Densmore ~ Ranked #33 Gigwise Greatest Drummers Of All Time in 2008 ~ The drummer provided the fantastic rhythms of The Doors from 1965 to 1973. With Jim Morrison and co, Densmore helped to craft some of the band's most iconic numbers up until their dissolution. In his own book, Densmore claims that he once left the band because of Morrison's destructive behaviour bust joined again the next day. Now there'9s a short break-up! ~ 2008 © Gigwise

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Ironically, the group's best years began in 1980, nine years after Morrison's death. With the release of the Danny Sugerman-Jerry Hopkins biography of Morrison, No One Here Gets Out Alive, sales of the Doors' music and the already large Jim Morrison cult - spurred by his many admirers and imitators in new-wave bands - grew even more. Record sales for 1980 alone topped all previous figures; as one Rolling Stone line put it: “He's Hot, He's Sexy, He's Dead.” And that was just the beginning. ~ Rolling Stone: the Doors ~ retrieved December 5, 2013 © Rolling Stone

The Doors ~ Ranked #32 VH-1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists in 2000.

In 2012 two Doors albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #188 L.A. Woman (1971) ~ #120 Morrison Hotel (1971)

In 1995 two songs by the Doors made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ Light My Fire ~ The End



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