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


Jim Morrison ~ Voted NME #13 Greatest Singers in 2011.

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)

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