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Jim Morrison, rock singer
On The Doors' Method Of Writing Songs (Audio 57 Seconds)
"The music would settle into a kind of hypnotic river of sound which would leave me free to make up anything that came into my head at the time." (June 1967)
The Beatles and other British rock groups dominated the record charts in the early 1960s, but with the advent of psychedelic music in the mid-'60s American bands began to reclaim their place in the pop music pantheon. One of the most successful and enduring of the many California-based psychedelic bands was the Doors, a group led by Jim Morrison, a singer with a flair for theatrical performances and dark-edged lyrics. The rest of the band--made up of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore--were all accomplished musicians who combined such diverse musical genres as jazz, blues, and German cabaret to create a highly original sound. Their first hit was "Light My Fire," off their eponymous debut album of 1967. Morrison's substance abuse problems worsened as the '60s progressed, and he became increasingly outrageous on stage. Shortly after the Doors released L.A. Woman (1971), their sixth studio album, Morrison died in Paris of heart failure at the age of 27. His premature death only added to his considerable mystique.