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.
Listen to Marilyn Manson's Cover of the Doors' 'The End'
Singer recorded the controversial classic with Shooter Jennings producing.
Why Jim Morrison Refused to Sing the Original ‘Touch Me’
Doors frontman feared Robby Krieger’s song would lead to violent episodes in the streets.
The Doors Announce 'The Soft Parade' Deluxe Edition for 50th
Golden anniversary edition of band's fourth album includes B-side, alternate versions and more.
‘The Doors: The Final Cut’ Blu-ray to Have 'More Powerful' Ending
Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie arrives in ‘Final Cut’ version in July.
Watch the Doors' Robby Krieger Play His Favorite Guitar Riffs
The guitarist also talks about the rock 'n' roll pioneers who influenced him.
Guy Webster, Doors and Rolling Stones Photographer, Dies
Guy Webster shot the covers for albums by the Doors, Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel and others.
How Jim Morrison’s New York Moment Inspired ‘People Are Strange’
Ray Manzarek had his own version of how the Doors' classic song was written.
Robby Krieger Recalls Doors’ Battle With ‘Waiting for the Sun’
Guitarist tells of friction over third album as success led to boredom and bad influences in 1968.