Throughout this summer, a look back 50 years at the Summer of Love in 1967.
Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.
They were friends at the UCLA Graduate School of Film when they came up with the idea of a musical group when they got together on a Southern California beach.
Morrison, who would become the lead singer, recited one of his poems, “Moonlight Drive.”
Manzarek, truly gifted who studied classical piano as a child, suggested they work on some songs. Manzarek’s brothers, Rick and Jim, served as guitarists until Manzarek met John Densmore, who brought in Robby Krieger. The two had been members of the Psychedelic Rangers.
Morrison named the band the Doors. He took the name from William Blake via Aldous Huxley’s book on mescaline, “The Doors of Perception.”
The Doors played as the house band at the Whisky-a-Go-Go, but it didn’t last long. They got fired because they performed an explicit Morrison song, Oedipal “The End.”
But they weren’t done.
An edited version of Krieger’s “Light My Fire” from the Doors’ debut album hit the charts in 1967.
On this date in 1967, “Light My Fire” sat at #3 on the Billboard chart.
On July 22, 1967, the Doors appeared on the American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark.
Then on September 17, 1967, another major break for the band.
The Ed Sullivan Show.
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