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Sing-a-Long Saturday – The Doors – One of Los Angeles’ Most famous Bands

Feb 12, 2011 by D. J. Schwartz

After a chance meeting in 1965 at Venice Beach, between two UCLA Film School Alumni, Jim Morrison, and Ray Manzarek, was the benign and unbeknown beginning of the formation of the musical group, The Doors.

Morrison became The Doors controversial front man and singer, and Manzarek, their solid and distinctive keyboardist.

After this nucleus was set in motion, the remaining members of the group included the drummer, John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger.

The band’s name, “The Doors,” is an ode to author Aldous Huxley’s book, The Doors of Perception,whose title itself is a reference to William Blake’s quote from this English poet, printmaker, and painter’s quotation:

When the doors of perception are cleansed, things will appear to man as they truly are…infinite.

Combining Morrison’s unique, stylized, and flamboyant good looks with his natural gift for writing lyrics and singing, the indistinguishable characteristic sound of The Doors was further set in motion due to the addition of the remaining members of the bands individualistic approach to their instruments–the soulful and one of its kind sound of keyboardist Manzarek and guitarist, Robby Krieger’s, finely taut and pitched tonality completing the sounds, the songs, the compositions, and the aura that forever has been part of of The Doors legacy.

Based on this array, The Doors would soon become a world-wide renowned band.

Jim Morrison was a gifted singer and lyricist, who always remained in the spotlight—both good and bad–but always was in trouble with the law, with drug addiction, or with his own band mates–along with other antics which the general public viewed as a disdain of the then current status-quo.

The notorious exploits of Morrison—both on and off stage–remain to this day part of infamous Rock N’ Roll lore.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, The Doors have sold over 32.5 million albums in the US and their worldwide record sales top over 90 million albums.

The Doors discography consists of 1967 – The Doors; 1967 – Strange Days; 1968 – Waiting for the Sun; 1969 – The Soft Parade; 1970 – Morrison Hotel; 1971 – L.A. Woman; 1971 – Other Voices; 1972 – Full Circle and their last release before Morrison’s death was in 1978 – An American Player.

Along the way, the Doors produced many individualistic, distinctive, noteworthy, and best known songs during their era, and to this day-including the famous and noteworthy classics tracks including “Hello I Love You,” “L.A. Woman,” “Riders on the Storm,” “Love Her Madly,” “Light my Fire,” “When You’re Strange,” “Break on Through” and “The End” amongst many of their critical hit songs.

The Doors Awards, Accolades & Critical Appraisal

  • In 1993, The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • In 1998, "Light My Fire" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame under the category Rock (track).
  • In 2000, The Doors were ranked number 32 on VH1’’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists, and "Light My Fire" was ranked number seven on VH1’s Greatest Rock Songs.
  • In 2002, The Doors were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame under the category Rock (Album).
  • In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked The Doors number 41 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
  • In 2007, The Doors received a lifetime achievement award at the 2007 Grammy Awards.
  • In 2007, The Doors received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 2009, "Riders On The Storm" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame under the category Rock (track).
  • The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine includes three studio albums by The Doors; The Doors at number 42, L.A. Woman at number 362 and Strange Days at number 407.
  • The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine includes two songs by The Doors: "Light My Fire" at number 35 and "The End" at number 328.
  • The Doors were ranked number 20 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock and Roll.
  • They would become the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold and platinum LPs.
  • The Recording Academy announced the 2010 Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductees, including The Doors’ Riders On The Storm. Source: Wikipedia

Jim Morrison’s tragic death at age 27 in France (from causes unknown especially as the French didn’t conduct an autopsy), ended The Doors as a group in 1971. Since then several different band inclinations continued with diverse band members, subsequent releases, compilations, and old discographies, solo efforts by both Manzarek as well as Densmore and Krieger. Currently the reincarnation of the Doors performs from the remaining original band members duo of Manzarek and Krieger.

Indeed, they plan on playing a gig in Israel in the next few months. Nonetheless, the success of The Doors will always be remembered because of Morrison’s gifted and charismatic leadership, spiritual lyrics and vision, movie-star good looks and lastly his distinctive voice that gave The Doors the panache which propelled them to the heights of Rock and Roll stardom and fame:

The following renditions of “Riders on the Storm,” and “LA Woman” are but a partial ode to one of Los Angeles’ greatest and most gifted bands to ever be a part the greatest Rock N’ Roll stars and bands:

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