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.
Why the Doors' Ray Manzarek Once Filled in for Jim Morrison
Singer made a career of nodding off at inopportune moments, but this time it was onstage.
The Doors 'Live at the Matrix 1967' Box Set Arriving in September
The three-CD and five-LP collections show the band on the cusp of stardom.
Robby Krieger Sells Doors Rights to Help Charities
He and Ray Manzarek's estate involved in catalog deal with Primary Wave.
Listen to the Doors’ Previously Unreleased Song 'Paris Blues'
It's the "last known unissued studio recording" from the band.
The Doors 'Rescue' Last Known Unissued Studio Tune for Blues Comp
"Paris Blues" will appear on LP of the same name for Record Store Day 2022.
50 Years Ago: The Doors Keep Evolving on 'Full Circle'
After the death of Jim Morrison, the remaining three members found comfort in continuing their work.
America’s First Rock Festival: Drugs, Hells Angels and the Doors
Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival has mostly been forgotten.
Why the Doors' 'Break on Through' Didn't Break Through at First
First single off band's debut album fizzled before it became a classic.