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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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    We are riders on the storm.

    1 Mar 2:09am Reply
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    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
  • StephenR4968

    "Boring." I hope you die in a car crash.

    27 Feb 4:51am Reply
  • Greanu

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  • sandrabjorg

    Amazing

    20 Feb 1:03pm Reply
  • leneheart

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  • 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
  • klifff8

    Celebration Of The Lizard *_*

    5 Feb 12:15am Reply
  • WhoTylerDerden

    strange days

    2 Feb 12:58pm Reply
  • alexjohanssen

    I'll wake up when the music's over.[2]

    29 Jan 3:33pm Reply
  • afrowolf

    I'll wake up when the music's over.

    29 Jan 1:44am Reply
  • perezhivem

    wake up

    25 Jan 10:48pm Reply
  • M0rbidBoy

    Come to Brazil!

    24 Jan 2:04pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @ihammaulana Go back to listening to "interesting" and "entertaining" music, then. I'm sure there's an Of Monsters and Men, Oasis or Fleet Foxes single waiting on you. Failing that you can always take solace in the arms of the "groundbreaking" OK Computer or The Bends, you useless, clueless, witless shit.

    22 Jan 3:22pm Reply
  • porro_26

    wake up

    21 Jan 7:54pm Reply
  • AnthonyAbigail

    SPANISH CARAVAN

    20 Jan 10:04am Reply
  • mohamedmekky

    The Doors = Ray Manzarek

    20 Jan 6:11am Reply
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