The Doors in History

Events in Music

TV Show Appearance

1967-09-17 American rock band "The Doors" appear for 1st and last time on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; singer Jim Morrison reneges on promise to change a lyric, prompting producers to offer no further invitations [1]

Music History

1969-07-25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival (across 3 days); performers included: Bo Diddley, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, Guess Who, Santana, Tim Buckley, Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Chicago Transit Authority, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors

Hall of Fame

1993-01-12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Ruth Brown; Cream; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Doors; Etta James; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; Van Morrison; Sly and the Family Stone; Dinah Washington; Dick Clark; and Milt Gabler


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Birthdays in Music

  • 1920-11-10 William S. Harvey, American graphic designer and album cover artist (The Doors; The Stooges; Tim Buckley), born in New York City (d. 1993)
  • 1933-05-23 Gary Burden, American artist and pioneer of album cover art (Neil Young; Graham Nash; The Doors), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1936-04-26 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1939-02-12 Ray Manzarek, American rock organist and songwriter (The Doors - "Light My Fire"; "Love Her Madly"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1939-10-07 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, created over 400 album covers (The Doors; Isaac Hayes; Ohio Players), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)

Jim Morrison

1943-12-08 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

  • 1945-03-30 Richard Evans, British graphic designer, album cover designer (The Who; The Doors; Pink Floyd; Louis Armstrong), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire
  • 1945-12-01 John Densmore, American drummer (The Doors - "Light My Fire"; "L.A. Woman"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946-01-08 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (The Doors - "Light My Fire"; "Hello, I Love You"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971-01-16 Josh Evans, American actor (Ricochett, The Doors), and film producer, born in New York City

Weddings in Music

Aldous Huxley

1956-03-19 British "The Doors of Perception" author Aldous Huxley (62) weds American musician and author Laura Archera (45)

Jim Morrison

1970-06-21 "The Doors" lead singer Jim Morrison (26) "marries" author Patricia Kennealy (24) in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony, but the marriage is not legally binding


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Deaths in Music

Jim Morrison

1971-07-03 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, dies of heart failure allegedly caused be an accidental heroin overdose at 27

  • 1993-07-15 William S. Harvey, American graphic designer and album cover artist (The Doors; The Stooges; Tim Buckley), dies at 72
  • 2005-01-05 Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors), dies of lung cancer at 50
  • 2008-11-17 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • 2013-05-20 Ray Manzarek, American musician and keyboardist (The Doors - "Light My Fire", "Hello, I Love You"), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2015-04-02 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2018-03-07 Gary Burden, American artist and one of the pioneers for the concept of album cover art (designed covers for Neil Young, Nash, The Doors), dies at 84