Jim Morrison: Unforgettable Talent

Written by on July 16, 2015

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The Life of Jim Morrison

Many know him by Jim Morrison but he was given the name of James Douglas Morrison at birth on December 8, 1943. Others may refer to him as The Lizard King or even Mr. Mojo Risin’. Morrison was an American singer, songwriter and poet who was best remembered as the lead singer of The Doors. He was famous for his baritone voice and his incredibly entertaining and wild performances. Critics and fans named him one of the most iconic and influential front men in rock music history. On top of his crazy performances he was also known for improvising spoken word poetry passages while the band played live.

In 1965 Morrison completed his undergraduate degree at UCLA’s film school within the Theater Arts Department of the College of Fine Arts and led a bohemian lifestyle in Venice Beach after graduation. During this time he wrote many of the lyrics to The Doors famous songs such as “Moonlight Drive”, and “Hello, I Love You. Later that summer the group was formed and consisted of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger. They decided on their name from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception, which actually referenced opening up doors of perception with LSD.

Morrison focused on writing vocal melodies for his own lyrics and having the other band members contributing cords and rhythm.  The Lizard King never played an instrument live aside from the maracas and tambourine for most shows and sometimes a harmonica. However, he did play on the grand piano on “Orange County Suite” and a Moog synthesizer on “Strange Days”.

The Doors finally achieved national recognition after signing with Elektra Records in 1967. Their single “Light My Fire” spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967. Among the band’s many accomplishments, Morrison was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”, and number 22 on Classic Rock Magazines “50 Greatest Singers In Rock.”

Unfortunately, Morrison had an alcohol dependency and passed on July 3rd 1971, at the age of 27, in Paris, possibly from a heroin overdose. Although Jim Morrison is no longer with us, his legendary rock music continues on.  As Govt. Mule has dedicated shows to the Doors performances and also added Robby Krieger on guitar to help with these shows. To hear his awesome music and many others, tune into Deep Jams.net live stream for tremendous music of today!

 

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