Doors Members Jim Morrison & John Densmore Reunited on Los Angeles Street Corner

American rock group The Doors posed in Frankfurt, Germany on September 14, 1968. From left: Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Jim Morrison (1943-1971), and Ray Manzarek (1939-2013). Photo by Gunter Zint/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redfern.
American rock group The Doors posed in Frankfurt, Germany on September 14, 1968. From left: Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Jim Morrison (1943-1971), and Ray Manzarek (1939-2013). Photo by Gunter Zint/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redfern.

As the drummer for the Doors, John Densmore’s name has been inexorably linked with that of lead singer Jim Morrison’s for more than half a century. Now those names are connected by signs as well, on a street not far from where the seminal rock band, arguably Los Angeles’ greatest, was formed in 1965.

On Thursday (Jan. 4), the second anniversary of LA’s annual Day of the Doors celebration, Densmore gathered with dozens of friends, family and fans to unveil a pair of street signs informing motorists they have just arrived at the corner of Morrison Street and Densmore Avenue.

“I’ve driven all the roads in this town,” the 73-year-old Los Angeles native told the crowd, adding it still came as a surprise several years ago when he happened to notice he was driving past Densmore Avenue in a quiet section of the city’s San Fernando Valley. It came as a much bigger surprise two years ago when he decided to actually drive down Densmore Street and take a closer look.

“I come up a few blocks. You’re kidding? Densmore Street crosses Morrison Street,” he recalled as the crowd laughed. The drummer wanted a picture of himself at the intersection but saw there was no way to get a good one: The street names were on signs placed on poles on separate corners.

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