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Los Angeles, California, United States (1965 – 1973)

The Doors were an American band which formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1965. The band consisted of Jim Morrison (vocals), Ray Manzarek (organ), Robby Krieger (guitar) and John Densmore (drums). In this configuration, the band released six albums, all of which were successful and released two US #1 hit singles - 1967’s “Light My Fire” and 1968’s “Hello, I Love You”. After Morrison’s death at his apartment at 17 Rue Beautraillis Paris in 1971, the band continued on as a trio, releasing two more albums that were ignored commercially and disliked critically before disbanding in 1973.

UCLA film school students Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek had known each other at college and met by chance on Venice beach in July 1965. Morrison told Manzarek he had been writing songs and, at Manzarek’s encouragement, sang “Moonlight Drive”. Manzarek immediately suggested they form a band.

Keyboardist Ray Manzarek was already in the band called Rick And The Ravens with Morrison and his brother Rick Manzarek while Robby Krieger and John Densmore were playing with The Psychedelic Rangers, and knew Manzarek from shared meditation instruction. In August Densmore joined the group and, along with members of the Ravens and an unidentified female bass player, recorded a six-song demo on September 2. This was widely bootlegged and appeared in full on the Doors box set.

That month the group recruited talented guitarist Robby Krieger and the final lineup—Morrison, Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore—was complete. Manzarek solved their lack of bassist by playing bass on a Fender Rhodes bass keyboard with his left hand and keyboards with his right hand.

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  • Falconsoars

    If you've never listened to it, 'Soft Parade' is a vastly underrated album, perhaps my favorite Doors album (and I've been listening to them all since the day each was released): "When I was back there in Seminary School..." [Jim actually was studying to be a priest but dropped out (big surprise :)) You can hear the underlying religious influences in a lot of his lyrics]... "Can you give me sanctuary? I must find a place to hide A place for me to hide" ... "Welcome to the soft parade All our lives we sweat and save Building for a shallow grave"... "When all else fails We can whip the horse's eyes And make them sleep And cry." Another rarely heard album that's WAY off the deep end - "An American Prayer", poetry by Jim Morrison with accompaniment by The Doors. The album was banned from radio and most stores as pornography back then. Radio also banned or censored the last song on the first Doors album, "The End," because of refs to father murder and mother incest.

    Yesterday 4:22am Reply
  • Falconsoars

    My greatest regret in terms of music is that I never saw The Doors live. Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix were my heroes at that time. I was just leaving adolescence and public school and gaining almost total freedom as a young adult, outrageously wild, living "out of the body" most of the time -- not all of it externally induced, as the world of eastern spirituality exploded onto the counter culture scene with a much deeper, longer lasting effect than any mind altering substances. I was able to see Jimi in concert in Vancouver, British Columbia but never got to see Jim and company. Hearing of his crossing over into spirit while driving in my car very late one night will remain indelibly stamped on my consciousness for life. Such a loss of not only a brilliant avant garde musician and vocalist, but also a visionary poet and social activist -- far ahead of his time. Long Live The Doors in our culture and consciousness!!!

    Yesterday 3:42am Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    TicoAdams ты заебал уже в каждом рупоре эту хрень писать.

    28 Mar 2:12pm Reply
  • TicoAdams

    Please come to Brazil

    26 Mar 5:11pm Reply
  • calblanche

    timeless

    26 Mar 1:09am Reply
  • trendynigga

    too dark, too beautiful, too painful, too awesome. [2]

    25 Mar 5:08am Reply
  • weastcoast

    Can't describe this band in words.

    23 Mar 6:58pm Reply
  • StephenR4968

    I've only been listening to them for the past month but I've managed to rack up 370 plays so far, such an awesome band.

    17 Mar 9:20pm Reply
  • samiskywalker

    GODS

    15 Mar 10:25pm Reply
  • iagomelo2

    winter's so cold this yeeear

    7 Mar 9:00pm Reply
  • LucasDeMarchi

    There was a time where I disliked them. I don't know what was wrong with me, but I'm glad i've changed.

    7 Mar 2:51am Reply
  • LucasDeMarchi

    Roadhouse Blues is one of humanity's greatest legacy.

    2 Mar 1:56am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    We are riders on the storm.

    1 Mar 2:09am Reply
  • floyddelarge

    too dark, too beautiful, too painful, too awesome.

    28 Feb 8:00pm Reply
  • esra-arik

    Hats off to these guys!

    28 Feb 12:25pm Reply
  • Greanu

    23 Feb 11:54am Reply
  • sandrabjorg

    Amazing

    20 Feb 1:03pm Reply
  • leneheart

    14 Feb 9:36pm Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    @DrLama The Doors did not need a bass player -- they had Ray Manzarek playing "Keyboard bass". -- From the Wiki: "The earliest keyboard bass instrument was the 1960 Fender Rhodes piano bass, pictured to the right. The piano bass was essentially an electric piano containing the same pitch range as the electric bass (or the double bass), which could be used to perform bass lines. It could be placed on top of a piano or organ, or mounted on a stand. Keyboard players such as The Doors' Ray Manzarek placed his Fender Rhodes piano bass on top of his Vox Continental or Gibson G-101 organ to play bass lines". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_bass ----> Ray helped to pioneer this rock music.... now that is a legend! <3

    8 Feb 2:57pm Reply
  • corpsetastic

    Welcome to the Soft Parade, all our lives we sweat and save, building for a shallow grave. Must be something else we say...

    6 Feb 5:45am Reply
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