During the summer of 1965, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek decided to form a rock band. After playing a few gigs, the two met John Desmore, and invited him to be their drummer. Ray's two brothers, who had been playing with the band, decided to quit because they felt the band was headed nowhere. This opened the path for guitarist Robby Krieger, and thus the Doors were born.|
The Door's number one selling singles was Light My Fire from their first album in 1967. The song's single was #1 for 3 weeks in the National Top 40, and stayed on the top 40 for a total of 14 weeks.
Following the cycle of many famous rock and rollers, Jim Morrison died July 3rd, 1971. He was discovered in the bathtub with the diagnosis of a possible heart failure. There has, however, been speculation about his death being related to a drug overdose.
Jim Morrison (lead singer), Born December 8, 1943
Ray Manzarek (keyboards), Born February 12, 1939
Robbie Krieger (lead guitar), Born January 8, 1946
John Densmore (percussion)
Born December 1, 1944