The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California by Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek. The band became famous for its psychedelic music and Jim Morrison’s wild stage persona.
There are many secrets about The Doors that have been revealed over the years. Here are the top 20:
1. Jim Morrison was arrested in Miami for indecent exposure after he pulled down his pants onstage.
2. The band’s name was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception, which dealt with the nature of reality.
3. Ray Manzarek was a classically trained pianist and played keyboard with his left hand in the style of jazz organists.
4. Robby Krieger wrote most of the band’s music and played guitar with his right hand in the style of blues-rock guitarists.
5. John Densmore was the drummer and also played percussion instruments.
6. The Doors were one of the first bands to use feedback and distortion on their records.
7. Their debut album, The Doors, was released in 1967 and became a huge hit, reaching number four on the Billboard 200 chart.
8. The band’s second album, Strange Days, was also a success, reaching number three on the Billboard 200 chart.
9. The 1968 album Waiting for the Sun reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned the hit single “Hello, I Love You.”
10. Jim Morrison was arrested again in 1969 after he performed a lewd concert in Miami. This led to The Doors’ breakup later that year.
11. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger formed a new band called Manzarek-Krieger in 1974.
12. Jim Morrison died in Paris, France in 1971 at the age of 27.
13. The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
14. In 2007, a 30th anniversary edition of The Doors was released, which featured previously unreleased tracks and live recordings.
15. In 2011, Ray Manzarek died at the age of 74.
16. Robby Krieger continues to tour with Manzarek-Krieger to this day.
17. The Doors have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
18. Some of their most famous songs include “Light My Fire,” “The Unknown Soldier,” “Riders on the Storm” and “People Are Strange.”
19. The Doors have been cited as an influence by many rock bands, including Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Radiohead.
20. In 2012, a 50th-anniversary edition of The Doors was released, featuring remastered versions of the band’s albums and new interviews with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger.