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The Doors

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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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  • c4stles

    If this band was a penis I would suck it. [2]

    10 hours ago Reply
  • PowersauceBar

    Britain has Stones and Beatles. L.A. has the Doors. The first true classic L.A. rock band and the original American rock badass in Morrison. RIP Lizard King "Get together one more time!"

    11 hours ago Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    One of the most memorable bands of all-time! I love Jim Morrison's voice. I even find to be a super attractive man as well. :)

    Yesterday 11:18pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Love this Music

    12 Apr 10:12pm Reply
  • sandrarichm

    Big Fan Here

    12 Apr 6:39am Reply
  • GhostFame

    If this band was a penis I would caress it

    11 Apr 3:36pm Reply
  • StephenR4968

    If this band was a penis I would suck it.

    9 Apr 7:16pm Reply
  • monebelavista

    love me two times baby...;D

    8 Apr 5:48pm Reply
  • Satan1st

    4 Apr 8:07am Reply
  • Mefistofelesu

    This is the end. My only friend...

    3 Apr 1:46pm Reply
  • foreigner97

    ''Not To Touch The Earth'' is freakin' perfect.

    2 Apr 11:58am Reply
  • guppure

    Música quente

    2 Apr 3:01am Reply
  • 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.

    29 Mar 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!!!

    29 Mar 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
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