42nd Anniversary of Jim Morrison’s Death – July 3rd, 1971
Posted 7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM

42nd Anniversary of Jim Morrison’s Death – July 3rd, 1971

 

Conversation Starters

  • Today in 1971, Rock and Roll lost a true legend with the death of Jim Morrison. In his honor, tell us your favorite song from the Doors.
  • Today in 1971, Jim Morrison, was found dead in his Paris apartment. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?
  • Today, we remember Doors frontman Jim Morrison. His innovative and creative lyrics drove the band to early success. What’s your favorite line from a Doors song?

Fast Facts

  • Born: James Douglas Morrison on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, FL
  • Age: Would be 70 years old
  • His nicknames included “The Lizard King” and Mr. Mojo Risin’ (anagram for Jim Morrison)
  • He was the lead singer and lyricist for the band, The Doors
  • He was very rebellious in his youth and moved  around a lot as a child due to his father’s naval career
  • Morrison studied film and theater at UCLA in 1964 and attended many other schools, but only for short periods of time
  • He formed The Doors with film-school classmate Ray Manzarek, and together they recruited Robbie Krieger and John Densmore
  • The Doors released their debut, self-titled album in 1967
  • “Light My Fire” was the band’s first success, driving them to the forefront of the rock and roll industry, and earning the group’s first #1 single on the  Billboard Hot 100
  • Morrison’s behavior on stage, which was meant to provoke intense and frenzied reactions from the audience, often led to lawsuits that depleted the band’s finances and nearly caused them to break up
  • The band rejuvenated their career with the albums Morrison Hotel (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971); L.A. Woman would become the last Doors’ album to feature Jim Morrison before his death in July of the same year
  • He died on July 3, 1971 in Paris, France (27) due to heart failure
    • Known as a member of “The 27 Club,” a group of prominent musicians that died at the age of 27, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain

Personal Life

  • Married(speculative) long-time girlfriend, Pamela Courson and together  they moved to Paris in 1971
  • Morrison was inspired by the poets William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac,  and philosopher, Friedrich Nietzche
  • Morrison favored dark, unacknowledged, often forbidden topics in his lyrics like sex, drugs, alcohol, self-destruction
  • Morrison was an avid drug user, which ultimately lead to his death

 

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