The Doors -- runners-up in our last two Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame elections -- get a third turn at bat, but face stiff competition in the form of the Band. Each month, our readers will determine which of eight legendary artists or bands is immortalized forever for their contributions to classic rock history.

Led by rock's most famous poet, Jim Morrison, the Doors and their unique, organ-heavy sound blended jazz, rock and pop to become one of the most influential (and yet hard to imitate) bands in classic rock history. They lost only to the Beatles in our May election, and to Pink Floyd last month.

The Band rose to fame by touring behind Bob Dylan and collaborating with him on the sessions that resulted in 'The Basement Tapes' album. Their own debut, 1968's 'Music from Big Pink,' helped shift rock music away from the ornate psychedelia popular at the time and towards a more stripped-down, country-influenced roots sound. They grew into one of the most popular bands of the era before calling it quits with the fantastic 'The Last Waltz' concert film in 1976.

So will the Doors break on through this time, or will the Band be one step closer to being the fourth, well, band, elected into the UCR Hall of Fame? That's completely up to you. Readers can vote once a day from now until 11:59PM ET on June 16. You can read the Hall of Fame’s official rules right here. Be sure to mark your calendars for July 1, when the third entrant into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame is revealed.

 

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