Can You Guess the Artist in This Yearbook Photo?
Can you name the future rock star pictured in this yearbook photo above? Want a few clues to help out?
Born in Melbourne, Fla., in 1943, this singer was a 1965 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles film school. He formed his first and only band later that year with a fellow UCLA alum, with the group taking its name from an Aldous Huxley book about psychedelic drugs.
The band hit big quickly, signing with Elektra Records in 1967 and scoring its first No. 1 hit that summer. They became known for their blues-infused psychedelic rock, with the singer's darkly poetic lyrics a central component. The group would go on to release a total of six platinum albums before his untimely death on July 3, 1971, when his body was discovered in an bathtub in a Paris apartment.
The band initially soldiered on as a trio, but disbanded a few year later. Since then, they've released numerous compilations, live and outtake collections, including a 1985 'The Best Of' set that has been certified diamond for sales of more than 10 million copies. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.