The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. Through most of its existence, the group consisted of vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger.
They were among the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, due mostly to Morrison's wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison's death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding for good in 1973.
Jim Morrison was an avid poet and was struck when he read the poetry of William Blake by the lines "if the doors of perception are cleansed, everything would appear to man as it truly is, infinite."
He was also influenced by author Aldous Huxley who referred to the same Blake line when he titled his book on drug experimentation The Doors of Perception. Huxley wrote, "There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors"
The band's second single, "Light My Fire", became the first single from Elektra Records to reach number one on the Billboard singles chart, selling over a million copies.
Although The Doors' active career ended in 1973, their popularity continues and they have sold over 32.5 million albums in the U.S. and over 75 million albums worldwide. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger still tour sometimes with additional musicians as Manzarek-Krieger, performing Doors songs.
Perception (6CD/6DVD, Boxset)
Waiting for the Sun
The Soft Parade
The Future Starts Here: The Essential Doors Hits
When You're Strange (Songs From The Motion Picture)
The Very Best of the Doors
Live in New York
Live in Pittsburgh 1970
The Official Doors web site is at http://www.thedoors.com