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Posted: 1:21 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Doors 


Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971)
Chris Walter
(Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)

By Rocky

1- Doors keyboard player the late Ray Manzarek was a gifted basketball player, worthy of playing college or even pro ball. He wanted to play attacking roles such as power forward or center. His coach told him he could only play point guard, or not play at all, so he quit and shortly afterwards formed the Doors.

2- The Doors didn’t have a bass player, and it was not for the lack of trying, but they had chemistry with the four, and whenever they jammed with another person, it didn’t feel right. Ray Manzarek played bass with his left hand on a special Fender Rhodes bass keyboard.

3- Jim Morrison’s middle name was Douglas, after General Douglas MacArthur, Jims father wanted a military career for his son.

4- There is a real Morrison Hotel, which was featured on the cover of their album of the same name. It's in Los Angeles and opened in 1915. You might not want to stay there: In 2004, it was cited for over 100 code violations and in 2006 the owners were sentenced for slum-like conditions.

5- Riders on the Storm was the last song recorded by the original Doors, as well as Morrison's last recorded song to be released. The single was released in 1971, shortly before Morrison's death, entering the Hot 100 on July 3rd 1971, the day that Morrison died.

6- Jim Morrison had ten or more security guards and police officers on stage with him when he performed to keep him from falling off the stage and to keep fans from grabbing at him.

7- The Doors thought that doing a concert on a farm in the middle of New York State sounded stupid. That's why they missed Woodstock.

8- Mr. Mojo Risin is an anagram for Jim Morrison. Jim told several friends that if he ever faked his death, he would send them a note letting them know he was alive and well. The name he said he'd use was Mr. Mojo Risin. He also chants the phrase in LA Woman. To this day no notes or letters have been received from Mr. Mojo Risin!

9- The last performance by the original line up of the Doors was on December 12th 1970 in New Orleans, it was not a great performance. Jim Morrison drunk, was hanging on to the microphone stand for support as the group launched into ‘Light My Fire,’ and during the solos he went and sat down on the drum riser, failing to get up to sing the last verse. Drummer John Densmore finally nudged him with his foot, whereupon Morrison went over to the microphone stand and repeatedly smashed it into the stage until it splintered, then threw down the microphone and abruptly walked off stage, ending the show early.

10- The vocals for the album LA Woman were recorded in a recording studio bathroom, to get a better sound and mostly because Jim Morrison drank so much beer during the sessions, he was always in there; it was easier to have the microphone there.

Rocky

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Hello, I'm Rocky, when I was a teenager growing up in West Babylon, I used to hang in the WBAB parking lot while listening to the radio, all the while dreaming I could be working on the air.

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