Light My Fire
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Rock sensation The Doors were established in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. The original line-up consisted of Jim Morrison (vocals), Ray Manzarek (keyboard), John Densmore (drums) and Robby Krieger (guitar).
The band released their eponymous debut album in 1967. The album featured the 11 minute musical opus ‘The End’ which was famously used in Francis Ford Coppola’s movie ‘Apocalypse Now’. The first single release from the album was ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’. The album also features the full seven minute version of ‘Light My Fire’, which reached Number One in the US charts. Deemed too long for radio play, stations played a heavily-edited three minute version, much to the band’s disapproval. The song has been covered by artists such as Shirley Bassey, José Feliciano and Massive Attack.
Jim Morrison captured the public's imagination through his unpredictable stage performances and cryptic lyrics. He passed away in Paris on 3rd July 1971. Many theories surround his death – some say he died over a heroin overdose, whilst others maintain he had a respiratory disease, causing him to choke to death on his own blood. Morrison fans of all ages gather to pay tribute at his grave in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. After his demise The Doors continued as a three-piece but parted in 1973, arguably exhausting the thought of the band continuing without their flamboyant frontman.
The band have sold more than 32 million albums in the United States alone. They are ranked #41 in the list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time conducted by Rolling Stone Magazine. Likewise, the VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists poll put the band at #32 and band’s biggest hit ‘Light My Fire’ came in at #7 in VH1’s Greatest Rock Songs.
Members included James Douglas (Jim) Morrison, born Dec. 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Fla., died July 3, 1971, in Paris, France; Education: attended UCLA, c. 1965. Robert Krieger, born Jan. 8, 1946, in Los Angeles, Calif. Raymond Manzarek, born Feb. 12, 1943, in Chicago, 111.; Education: attended UCLA, c. 1965. John Densmore, born Dec. 1, 1945, in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Doors formed group, 1965; began appearing on the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, Calif., 1965-66; signed by Elektra Records, 1966; released first album The Doors, 1967 (hit single "Light My Fire" became a Number 1 hit); released several subsequent gold and platinum albums and singles, 1967-71; Morrison died of heart attack, 1971; the group disbanded, 1973.
Sources: David Collins
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