Two for Tuesday: The Doors

I wrote a checklist in Springpad not long ago that had a list of the bands that I wanted to feature here on Tuesdays, and for some rason I forgot about it until I had trouble thinking of a band to feature here. When I brought it up, I realized that I had done just about all the musical acts on it but this one.

The Doors (vocalist Jim Morrison, guitarist Robbie Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and drummer John Densmore) formed in 1965 and signed with Elektra Records in 1966. Their first big hit was “Light My Fire,” certified gold in 1967; their last, “Riders on the Storm,” was released in 1971 after the death of Morrison. The band continued until 1973 as a trio, releasing several more albums before splitting up. In all, the band has received 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone, and are popular to this day.

The story is told that they were scheduled to play The Ed Sullivan Show and, when the producers heard that they were going to do “Light My Fire,” they asked them to change the line “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” to “Girl, we couldn’t get much better.” The band agreed, but when Morrison sang the line, he did the original one, either by accident or on purpose. Regardless, Ed Sullivan was furious and told the band that they would never appear on The Ed Sullivan Show again. Morrison reportedly told Ed, “Who cares? We’ve already played The Ed Sullivan Show.”

The first song is “Riders on the Storm,” their last hit record. It reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971, shortly after Morrison’s death.

The second song is “Touch Me,” which rose to #3 on the Hot 100 (#1 in Canada) and was certified Gold in 1968. This performance was from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour originally shown on CBS in December 1968. The band is accompanied by saxophonist Curtis Amy and members of the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Robbie Krieger has a black eye here; it was either from a fight with Jim Morrison, a car accident, or from being hit by a man who was aiming for Jim Morrison, who ducked.

The Doors: your Two for Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

ETA: This is post #300 on this blog. Thanks for sticking with me.

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