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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.

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

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Elektra

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

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The Secret History of the Doors’ Bass Players

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

The Doors did not have a bass player.

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

Jim Morrison
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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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46 Years Ago: The Doors’ Jim Morrison Allegedly Exposes Himself on Stage

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Dade County Public Safety

Did he or didn't he?

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Scott Travis Vs. John Densmore: March Drum Madness

Scott Travis Vs. John Densmore March Drum Madness
Hulton Archive / Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

In what might be the oddest clash of musical styles from the sixteen first-round match-ups of our March Drum Madness competition, Judas Priest's Scott Travis takes on John Densmore of the Doors.

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Lou Reed Slams the Beatles and Doors in New Video

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Hulton Archive / Theo Wargo / Central Press, Getty Images

Even though Lou Reed died in October 2013, the highly opinionated artist is still making waves with his comments.

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45 Years Ago: The Doors Get Back To Basics With ‘Morrison Hotel’

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Elektra

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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Doors Inducted Into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame

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Ultimate Classic Rock

The Doors have easily earned induction into the 100-percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, brushing aside Jimi Hendrix along the way.

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Jimi Hendrix vs. the Doors – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Finals

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Jimi Hendrix and the Doors have made it to the finals in our latest round of voting for the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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Top 10 Robby Krieger Doors Songs

Robby Krieger
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

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

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