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Los Angeles based psychedelic rockers, The Doors, are known today as one of the most iconic rock bands of the 60s and 70s. The Doors formed in 1965 with the incredible line-up of vocalist Jim Morrison, drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, and Manzarek.
Throughout their career, The Doors earned a reputation of sparking controversy with Morrison’s charged lyrics and unique stage presence. The band signed to Elektra Records back in 1966. Their first self-titled LP was released the following year. The Doors went on to release a string of top ten albums in the US including Strange Days, Waiting for the Sun, The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel, Absolutely Live, and L.A. Woman.
Despite the tragic death of frontman Morrison in 1971, the remaining members of the group continued to tour and perform for fans for a handful of years. They then reunited on-and-off for large events like their personal induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Densmore, Krieger, and Manzarek then went on to pursue individual endeavors.
The Doors have sold 32.5 million albums in the US and that number is well over 100 million internationally. With 19 gold, 14 platinum, and 5 multi-platinum album awards in the US alone The Doors are a legendary piece of Rock and Roll history.
Celebrate the life of Ray Manzarek with us today at 5pm on 88.9 WERS.
By Blaise Fritsche