Jim Morrison Would Have Been 67 Today

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, posed in Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, California in 1968. Photo by Paul Ferrara.
Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, posed in Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, California in 1968. Photo by Paul Ferrara.

Jim Morrison, the legendary lead singer and lyricist of The Doors, would have been 67 years old today. The shaman and wild man was born December 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida.

The “Lizard King” is known as one of the most distinctive frontmen in rock music history, and also dabbled in poetry and filmmaking. He reportedly had an I.Q. of 149.

In 1965, after graduating from UCLA, Morrison met future Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek on Venice Beach. With the addition of John Densmore on drums and Robby Krieger on guitar, The Doors were born.

The Doors took their name from the title of The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley’s book of mescaline experiences, itself taken from a William Blake quotation in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, in which Blake said “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is — infinite.”

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