Jim Morrison, singer
the Doors
birth name: James Douglas Morrison

Jim Morrison

December 8, 1943, Melbourne, FL ~ July 3, 1971, Paris, France

Unlike other psychedelic artists, who tended to favor whimsy or mysticism, Morrison saw expansion of consciousness as a way of gaining access to the subconscious mind's dark, unacknowledged desires; his rampaging id dominated his songs with a lust for violence, sex, alcohol, drugs, self-destruction, anything forbidden for any reason by the authority of conservative middle America, and he tried to live out that lifestyle as best he could. Some of Morrison's work has been criticized - both during his lifetime and afterward - as too melodramatic and calculatedly outrageous, but even at his most frustrating, Morrison's ideas have achieved a lasting resonance with newer generations as well as his initial fans, and his best material remains some of the most original and visionary rock music ever recorded. ~ Allmusic: Jim Morrison ~ retrieved December 7, 2013 © Allmusic

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December 8, 2001 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Nickelback, How You Remind Me ~ #2 (2) Usher, U Got It Bad ~ #1 (1) Mary J Blige, Family Affair


Jim Morrison ~ Ranked #47 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008 ~ “The difference between Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley,” Patti Smith says, “is that Elvis had humility. I don't think Jim had it.” Still, Morrison, who was at least as influenced by Frank Sinatra as he was by Presley, was capable of surprising delicacy. ~ 2008 © Rolling Stone

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 ~ 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)

The Doors ~ Strange Days (1967) ~ #409 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ The Doors set out into darker territory on their second album. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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