The night The Doors knocked down SU

An outtake from The Doors publicity photo shoot for Elektra Records in New York City, NY in November 1966. From Left: John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek (1939-2013), and Jim Morrison (1943-71). Photo by Joel Brodsky.
An outtake from The Doors publicity photo shoot for Elektra Records in New York City, NY in November 1966. From Left: John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek (1939-2013), and Jim Morrison (1943-71). Photo by Joel Brodsky.

SELINSGROVE — Eyes closed, microphone gripped with both hands and pulled within a breath of his lips, Jim Morrison crooned “girl, we couldn’t get much higher” in defiance of American pop music’s prime starmaker.

Television host Ed Sullivan, enraged that The Doors frontman refused a request to tone down the lyric, introduced the band to living rooms coast to coast in September 1967 for the first and final time on his legendary variety show.

A month later, The Doors and their mercurial lead singer introduced themselves to a crowd on campus of Susquehanna University. One of the hottest acts in rock music was live in the Valley, and more than 1,200 concert-goers caught the show.

“That was a big deal,” recalls Mike Marcinek, a Susquehanna sophomore at the time. “Bucknell, Penn State, all the colleges couldn’t believe tiny Susquehanna got The Doors.”

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