5 Things You May Not Have Known About Jim Morrison

On this date in 1971, Jim Morrison died in Paris, France, leaving behind a remarkable musical legacy for someone who was only 27 years of age. To celebrate his life on the day of his death, we’ve got the official Doors playlist all locked and loaded for your listening enjoyment, but we’ve also put together five things you may not have known about Morrison. Yes, we know, there’s a lot of stuff that you probably already do know, but we gave it our best shot.

1. He was fascinated by the assassination of JFK.

If Jim wasn’t aware of it, he certainly would’ve found it interesting that the first job of his father, Admiral George S. Morrison, when he took command of the  USS Bon Homme Richard on November 22, 1963 was to tell the crew that President Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. “Kennedy’s death occupied a dark corner of the Morrison psyche, making frequent appearances in notebooks and later lyrics,” wrote the website Weirdland. “‘Dead president’s corpse in the driver’s car’ is one of the keystone images from both ‘Celebration of the Lizard’ and the song excerpted from this long poem, ‘Not to Touch the Earth.’”

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