Jim Morrison never had to buy groceries: interview with Doors’ bodyguard Tony Funches

Babe Hill, Tony Funches and Jim Morrison (photographer unknown)
Babe Hill, Tony Funches and Jim Morrison (photographer unknown)

From the height of the Doors fame to their last outdoor concert, the Isle of Wight, Tony Funches was there. Much more than Jim Morrison’s bodyguard, he was also a friend, partner in crime, and all-round fixer of problems.

Tony is exactly the type of person you want for such a position. His imposing 6'5 height let’s you know he won’t take any crap. But it’s his surprisingly smooth Barry White baritone in contrast that conveys a gentle intelligence and trustworthy nature. To talk to him for a few minutes feels like you’ve known him forever and in the many years I’ve known him he has become a very good friend.

The kind of rough and tumble rock and roll lifestyle people associate with Jim Morrison, Tony lived and continues to live! Currently residing in Colorado, he has started several businesses, worked as an aircraft mechanic, gained a daughter and son and lost several ex-wives since leaving the music world.

He remembers the Doors family as ‘genuinely good people’ and looks back on this time fondly and luckily for us, in detail. Although Tony has been mentioned in several Morrison biographies, he had never been interviewed before our talk nor even contacted by any authors.

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