The Doors, one of the most influential and revolutionary rock bands of the sixties, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.
It all started on LAs Venice Beach in July 1965, when Morrison told Manzarek that he had been writing songs and sang Moonlight Drive to him. Manzarek was speechless; he had never heard lyrics to a rock song like that before.
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Manzarek, an organist, had just formed a band called Rick & the Ravens with his brothers Rick and Jim, and since they were searching for a vocalist and drummer, he asked Morrison to join them. Drummer John Densmore of The Psychedelic Rangers joined the band and soon after they recorded six Morrison songs: Moonlight Drive, My Eyes Have Seen You, Hello, I Love You, Go Insane, End Of The Night, and Summers Almost Gone. Manzareks brothers Rick and Jim didnt like the recordings and decided to leave the band. Johns friend, guitarist Robbie Krieger, who was previously also a member of The Psychedelic Rangers, then joined the band. They never found a new bass player, so Manzarek played bass on his organ. They renamed the band to The Doors.Lets break on through to the other side and find out what influenced The Doors to name their band. It was Jim Morrison who proposed the name The Doors to his band mates. He was inspired by William Blake via Aldous Huxleys book on mescaline, The Doors of Perception.
Morrison chose the bands name after reading Aldous Huxleys The Doors of Perception, which got its title from a quote in a book written by William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. The quote is as follows, If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro narrow chinks of his cavern....