The Doors release their second album — “Strange Days” — on September 25, 1967.
It’s #406 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
September 17, 1967 ~ Appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Doors are asked to change the line “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” in their hit “Light My Fire” to “Girl, we couldn’t get much better.” They agree, then Morrison sings the offending line anyway, pissing-off the host and earning a lifetime ban from the show.
Released on July 18, 1969, it’s their 4th album — generally considered the least exciting of their works.
Alec Dubro reviewed it for Rolling Stone in 1969 and called it, “sad.”
Whatever. It holds up.
July 3, 1971. Morrison is found dead in the bathtub of his girlfriend’s apartment in Paris. He spent the day with Pamela Courson at the movies and then listening to Doors albums. Their debut album was found on the record player. The last song on the album – The End.
April 29, 1971 ~ The Doors release their 6th and best. Morrison dies three months later.
The cops arrest The Lizard King for breaking obscenity laws in Florida. Three weeks later, on March 23, 1969, teens hold the Rally for Decency in Miami drawing 30,000 people, including Jackie Gleason, Anita Bryant and The Lettermen. The rally protests “longhairs and weird dressers” and later is commended by President Richard Nixon.
March 1, 1969 ~
The Doors appear at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Florida. It’s another epic Doors performance and some in the community don’t take kindly to The Lizard King, the police charging him for allegedly hauling the lizard out during the show.Whether or not Morrison really exposed himself is unclear; Manzarek claims that he just took his shirt off and waved it in front of his crotch to taunt the audience.
Look what turns 50 today ~ The Doors release Morrison Hotel on February 9, 1970.
The cover is shot by the legendary Henry Diltz who names his famous gallary after the album. In fact .. now there’s a “Morrison Hotel Gallery” in Los Angeles, Maui and New York.
The Doors release their debut album on January 4, 1967. Many consider it one of the greatest albums of all time.
It’s #43 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and in 2015, the Library of Congress included it in the National Recording Registry “…based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance.”