The Doors

            The Doors got together in 1965, and they became one of the most popular—albeit one of the most notorious—rock bands of the 1960s. Their sound was a mixture of jazz and blues rock, with a fair bit of acid rock and psychedelic rock mixed in. Their members included Robby Krieger on guitar, John Densmore on drums, and Ray Manzarek on keyboard. But a great deal of the band’s fame can be attributed to singer Jim Morrison. He was known for being something of a loose cannon, often unrestrained and saying anything that came to his mind. To rock fans of the 1960s, this made him one of the biggest stars imaginable.

The band had a number of hit singles, starting with several songs on their first album such as “Break On Through (To the Other Side),” “Light My Fire,” and “The End.” They continued to reach success in 1967 with the release of their second album, Strange Days. The album contained songs such as “When the Music’s Over,” “People Are Strange,” as well as two songs that often led into one another, “Moonlight Drive” and “Horse Latitudes.” These two tracks were notable for both being among the first lyrics that Morrison had ever written.

While many of these songs were known for their highly original lyrics and the voice that Jim Morrison provided for them, they were also known for their combination of blues rock and psychedelic rock in a fashion that was unique to most other rock bands. For instance, while some blues rock depends highly on its bass line, the Doors did not have a bassist at all.

If they needed anything resembling a bass line, they would rely on the organ sounds of Manzarek’s keyboard. They also used a keyboard bass on multiple occasions. The most notable song featuring keyboard was the first track on their first album, “Break On Through,” which contains one of the most memorable organ solos of all Doors songs. In fact, it was important on just about all of their songs. While Densmore was a talented drummer and Krieger was one of the most unique guitar players of his time, neither of them could carry the rhythm or melody on their own.

After their first two albums established their unique sound, the Doors continued to release incredibly popular music. Some of their other most famous TOP 40 hits include “Hello, I Love You,” “Love Her Madly,” “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me” and “Riders on the Storm.” They released hit singles right up through their album L.A. Woman, which was released in 1971, the same year Morrison passed away at the age of 27.

Despite Morrison’s early passing, his music continued to inspire other artists and fans for decades to come. Certain remaining members of the band have reunited under various forms, but it was their time in the Doors that truly allowed them to reach success. To this day, their sound is still unique when compared to most other music that came after them. Morrison may have died at an untimely age, but his music with the Doors has lived on in glory for over forty years since.

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