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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.

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Frazer Harrison / Jason Merritt, Getty Images / YouTube

The BBC Will Resume Playing Neil Young, Journey and the Doors

The BBC has worked out a way to pay royalties to Neil Young, Journey and the Doors after removing them from playlists earlier this month.

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

46 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Clean Up Jim Morrison’s Mess After Disastrous Concert

Led Zeppelin were on the rise in the summer of 1969, while Doors frontman Jim Morrison was in the midst of a long and painful public downward spiral. On July 27, the two bands met going in opposite directions.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

46 Years Ago: The Doors Stumble Through the Experimental ‘The Soft Parade’

'The Soft Parade,' a wildly uneven affair, went platinum anyway - but likely only because of the Doors' earlier successes.

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Jim Morrison Grave
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44 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Dies

Jim Morrison was discovered dead in his bathtub by his girlfriend on July 3, 1971.

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Elektra
Elektra

Doors’ First Two Post-Jim Morrison Albums to Be Reissued

Long out-of-print, the first two albums released by the Doors after Jim Morrison died are set for expanded reissue later this year.

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Illumination Pictures / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

New ‘Minions’ Trailer Features a Doors Classic

Minions, a prequel and spin-off of the popular Despicable Me animated franchise, will hit theaters.

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45 Years Ago: The Doors Banned from Detroit’s Cobo Arena

The Doors got banned from Detroit's Cobo Arena after their concert on May 8, 1970.

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Elektra
Elektra

44 Years Ago: The Doors Release ‘L.A. Woman’

The Doors released their last album with Jim Morrison, 'L.A. Woman,' on April 20, 1971.

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Doors Bass Players
YouTube / Larry Knechtel.com (Yes, we know Larry's playing a guitar)

The Secret History of the Doors’ Bass Players

The Doors did not have a bass player.

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Jim Morrison
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45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Dragged Offstage in Boston – ‘Would You Like to See My Genitals?’

By the spring of 1970, Doors frontman Jim Morrison had already been through plenty of scrapes with the law, and the band had developed a reputation for a sometimes dangerously unpredictable live act.

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