Remembering Jim Morrison: 10 Classic Tracks By The Doors Revisited

Jim Morrison of The Doors on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR, January 6th, 1969. CBS/Getty
Jim Morrison of The Doors on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR, January 6th, 1969. CBS/Getty
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY LESLIE RICHIN AND PUBLISHED BY BILLBOARD ON DECEMBER 8, 2016.

Today we remember iconic Doors’ frontman Jim Morrison, on what would have been his 73rd birthday (Dec. 8). Among Morrison’s legacy is a catalog of psychedelic rock/blues music, books of poetry, a notorious photo/college dorm room poster, and ties to the mysterious “27 Club.”

As a tribute, revisit 10 classic songs below -- some established as bona fide classic rock staples, others deep cuts.

1. “Roadhouse Blues”

“The future's uncertain and the end is always near.”

While you and I know the lyric to be “woke up this morning and I got myself a beer,” according to the book “Light My Fire” by keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Morrison was actually singing "woke up this morning and I got myself a beard," referencing his waking after an alleged three weeks of drug-induced sleep.

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