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The Doors

The Doors came out of Los Angeles’ rock scene in the mid ‘60s playing a mix of music that sounded unlike any of their peers’. Pulling together jazz, blues, garage, rock and pop, the band staked its ground with Ray Manzarek’s jazz-noir keyboard runs and the Beat-inspired poetry of singer Jim Morrison. They were an immediate hit, with the single ‘Light My Fire’ reaching No. 1 and their self-titled debut album making it to No. 2. Over the next four years they released five more albums, all of which hit the Top 10. During their brief career, they became one of rock’s most controversial groups, including a 1969 incident in which Morrison may have exposed himself to a concert audience. On July 3, 1971, Morrison died at the age of 27 from an alleged heroin overdose. The rest of the group continued for a few years before calling it quits.

Rhino
Rhino

The Doors Announce 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Debut Album

The Doors' self-titled debut, which was released 50 years ago today, will mark its golden anniversary with a three-disc deluxe edition.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

John Densmore and Robby Krieger on the Doors’ ‘London Fog,’ 50th Anniversary Plans

The Doors will follow up the new limited-edition 'London Fog 1966' box with more archival releases in 2017.

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Rhino
Rhino

The Doors’ ‘London Fog 1966′ Uncovers Previously Unreleased Early Live Performances

The Doors' 50th anniversary celebration gets off to an early start this December with the release of London Fog 1966.

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Elektra

45 Years Ago: The Doors Continue Without Jim Morrison on ‘Other Voices’

What’s a band to do when their singer dies?

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Elektra Records
Elektra Records

The Stories Behind the Songs of the Doors’ Last Hurrah, ‘L.A. Woman’

On the anniversary of the release of 'L.A. Woman,' we look at the multitude of influences on Jim Morrison's swan song.

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Bettmann, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Moves to Paris

Hoping to reorient himself emotionally and creatively, Jim Morrison left the U.S. for a sabbatical in Paris on March 11, 1971. He never returned.

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Dade County Public Safety
Dade County Public Safety

The Day Jim Morrison Allegedly Exposed Himself Onstage

Did he or didn't he?

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Top 10 Ray Manzarek Doors Songs

The Doors weren't just Jim Morrison's sexy, sweaty swagger and occasionally mediocre poetry.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Doors Survivors John Densmore and Robby Krieger to Reunite for Ray Manzarek Benefit Show

Surviving Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger are coming together in concert for the first time in 15 years — and fittingly, it's in honor of a former bandmate.

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Elektra
Elektra

The Story of the Doors’ Back-to-Basics ‘Morrison Hotel’

The Doors had gotten sloppy, self-absorbed and a little off course by the time they released their fourth album, 'The Soft Parade,' in mid 1969.

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