Drummer John Densmore (the Doors)
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, 1962 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Marcie Blaine, Bobby's Girl ~ #2 (2) Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires, Return To Sender ~ #1 (1) The 4 Seasons, Big Girls Don't Cry


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

The Doors

The Doors struggled for a time in 1965-66, playing mostly as a warm-up act to more popular groups in clubs along the Sunset Strip. It was at one of these clubs, the Whiskey A Go Go, that Jac Holzman, president of Elektra records, first saw the Doors perform as an opening act for the group Love. Holzman signed the band in late 1966, and by 1967 their first album, The Doors, was released along with the single Break on Through, which did not have much success. The second single, however, entitled Break on Through lit millions of fires across the country, eventually rising to Number 1 on the charts in the summer of 1967. At seven minutes, Light My Fire, was nearly twice as long as the typical pop song, and most of the body of the tune was filled with a long, hypnotic, penetrating organ solo by Manzarek. Organ solos in a rock song? No one had ever heard of such a thing. This was not the Monkees, or even the Beatles. This was something new, and clearly the Doors had touched a nerve in the growing angst among American teenagers in the turbulent atmosphere of the late 1960s. ~ Musicianguide: the Doors ~ retrieved February 6, 2014 © Musicianguide

The Doors ~ Inducted in the 1993 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ The Doors were among the most intense and revolutionary bands of the Sixties (or any decade, for that matter). The impact of their meteoric career has resonated far beyond their brief half-decade as a recording and performing entity. Their words and music captured the Sixties zeitgeist with undeniable power. […] Only six years passed from the Doors’ formation in 1966 to Morrison’s death in 1971. During that time, the group released six studio albums and left a smoldering trail of memorable and often controversial concert performances that cemented Morrison’s legend. ~ 1993 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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 2014 two Doors songs made it to the NME 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time ~ #490 Riders On The Storm ~ #199 Light My Fire

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