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Jim Morrison

James Douglas Morrison was born to George and Clara Morrison in Melbourne, Florida. A Naval officer, George was forced to move his family around a lot when Jim was a child, and some say that fact led to Jim's unique method of speaking out.

Upon graduation from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia, Jim continued his education at several institutions before finding his way to California, and UCLA. He began studying film, his true desire, and got into music accidentally. It was soon after that he met Ray Manzarek on a Venice beach, who was already in a band called "Rick and the Ravens". Jim joined the already formed band, and in the autumn of 1965, the Raven's recorded a 6 track album, featuring "Moonlight Drive", "Summer's Almost Gone", and "Break on Through". Jim took to the streets of LA, searching for a contract at all of the major LA recording studios.

Several months later, the head of talent research at Columbia Records, Billy James heard the album and signed the Raven's to a six month contract. It was soon that Robby Krieger joined the band, completing the foursome that came to be known as the Doors.

Jim convinced his band mates to change the name to the Doors, based on two distinct pieces of writing. Aldous Huxley's cult hit, "The Doors of Perception" and a quote by William Blake. "There are things known, and there are things unknown and in between are the doors". From that moment on, history would never be the same. Jim was coming into his own, and he was ready to make a splash.

In 1966, Columbia Records dropped the Doors, who were by this time playing 5 shows a day, 6 days a week just to make ends meet. Playing at a tiny Sunset Strip Club known as "The London Fog", Jim became known throughout LA as a fiery, passionate sex symbol. By the end of 1966, things were looking up for Jim and the others. They moved their shows to a more fashionable club, "Whiskey a Go Go", and it was there that "Love" band member Arthur Lee convinced Jac Holzman of Elektra Records to sign them up.

Late 1966 to early 1967 proved to be an exciting time in Jim's life. It was in this period that he was achieving the fame that was inevitable. They recorded their first album which featured "Light My Fire". It went to number one in the US in April of 1967, and world wide recognition was only one step away. Morrison soon became heralded as a rock idol, and he began to adopt his 'Lizard King' image, along with different music styles.

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"I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps, "Oh look at that!" Then - whoosh, and I'm gone... and they'll never see anything like it ever again... and they won't be able to forget me - ever."-
Jim Morrison
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