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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.

Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
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

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

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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Top 10 Robby Krieger Doors Songs

We count down our favorite moments by the Doors' guitarist.

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Express Newspapers, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Story of the Doors’ Debut Album

The Doors' self-titled debut album was released on Jan. 4, 1967.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison’s Disastrous Last Doors Show

Jim Morrison was already in a headlong downward spiral by the time he performed his final show with the Doors.

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The History of Jim Morrison’s New Haven Arrest

Doors frontman Jim Morrison was arrested and maced at a concert on Dec. 9, 1967

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5 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Pardoned for Indecent Exposure

Forty years after he was found guilty of exposing himself to a Florida audience, the late Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was pardoned by the state's Board of Executive Clemency.

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Elektra
Elektra

How Jim Morrison’s Drunken Outburst Almost Got a Plane Turned Around

A delayed flight led to big trouble for Doors frontman Jim Morrison on Nov. 11, 1969.

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Elektra Records

Doors Albums Ranked Worst to Best

The Doors did more in a short period of time than almost any other classic rock band.

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