The place in the musical world where rock mixed with psychedelic drugs and leaned towards jazz is the focus on this first-round battle in the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame. Be prepared to vote for either the Doors or Jeff Beck.

Fronted by the charismatic Jim Morrison, the Doors came out of the L.A. scene in 1967, hitting No. 1 with their second single, ‘Light My Fire.’ They continued their chart domination over the next four years with six studio albums that repeatedly pushed the the boundaries of rock into new musical and lyrical subject matter. Morrison’s death in 1971 effectively ended the band, but they have since maintained a strong radio presence and been a major influence on generations of rock bands.

Jeff Beck got his start as a blues-guitar hero replacing Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. In 1967, he formed the Jeff Beck Group, which introduced the world to a raspy soul belter named Rod Stewart. Since then, he has displayed his instrumental virtuosity on a series of albums that reveal an artist who refuses to repeat himself, with 1975’s ‘Blow by Blow’ often acknowledged as one of the finest jazz fusion albums ever made.

Which of these heavyweights will advance to the semifinals? You can vote once an hour between now and Monday, Jan. 12 at 11:59PM ET. This month’s inductee will be announced on Jan. 27. Be sure to read our official rules.


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