Remembering The Lizard King On His 74th Birthday

THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY KEN “K BO” BIEDZYNSKI AND PUBLISHED BY BEATO’S BLOG ON DECEMBER 7, 2017.

Arguably, there are some artists that for some reason never age in our minds and they forever remain as a vision, frozen in time. One of those artists is James Douglas Morrison a/k/a Jim Morrison a/k/a The Lizard King. Born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, Morrison went on to lead a musical revolution in the 1960s and 1970s as the epic front man for The Doors. Morrison died on July 3, 1971, in France. He was only 27. Had he survived, The Lizard King would have turned 74 today.

Morrison was clearly a pioneer in music; he was an electric singer and performer who commanded the stage all unto himself and sometimes his performances even incited riots. He was also an intellect (having an IQ of 149), poet, and philosopher although he did not quite fit the typical image of one (ala Aristotle). Known for his musings perhaps as much as his music, Morrison’s influence is still prevalent today.

Consider this. In 1985, more than a decade after Morrison’s death, one of the biggest-selling greatest hits albums was released: The Best of the Doors. The double album, containing 18 previously released tracks, reached No. 32 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1988 and it spent more than 300 weeks on Billboard Pop Catalog Albums chart. It subsequently earned a diamond award certifying sales of 10 million copies in the United States. A subsequent soundtrack from Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie The Doors similarly placed in the top 10 that year.

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