The Doors Discography and Fact Sheet

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By Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison... Summer of 1965... in Venice Beach, California

Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison met at the UCLA film school. They both enrolled in the Department of Cinematography. That summer was spent learning their craft, getting High, engaging in stimulating conversation and having fun in the California sun. Ray an accomplished organist, became excited hearing Morrison sing his own song, Moonlight Drive and suggested they start a band. John Densmore and Robby Krieger eventually joined on drums and guitar. They named the group The Doors after Aldous Huxley's book about mescaline, The Doors of Perception. Their recording of Light My Fire became a smash hit and catapulted the Doors into Classic Rock History.


In 1965 the Doors began playing a steady gig at the London Fog, a 2nd rate club on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. After being fired due to low turn out the band caught a break and was hired to open for the headliners at the Whisky-a-Go-Go.

Band Member Noise Maker
Jim Morrison Vocals
Ray Manzarek Keyboards
Robby Krieger Guitar
John Densmore Drums

The Doors original line up remained together until the untimely death of Jim Morrison in Paris. On July 3rd 1971 Jim Morrison was found dead in his bathtub. Jim had recently consulted a doctor about a respitory ailment, however, no autopsy was performed. He was buried at Pere Lachaise cemetary in Paris. The three surviving Doors tried to carry on without Jim but eventually disbanded.


In late 2002, Ray and Robby successfully attempted to revive the band. They brought in Ian Astbury (of The Cult) on vocals, Ty Dennis on drums (John Densmore has had a falling out with Ray and Robby), and Angelo Barbera on bass. The combination continues to be a success. The Doors21C completed a world tour in 2003 and currently continue to tour.

New Name! - Ray and Robby's group (formerly D21C) is now as of the 8/05/05 performance at the Atlantic City Trump Taj Mahal is now officially called Riders on the Storm.


Rank Album Title and Year
#1 Waiting For The Sun - 1968
#2 The Doors - 1967
#3 Strange Days - 1967
#4 Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe - 1970
#6 The Soft Parade - 1969
#8 Absolutely Live - 1970
#8 The Doors - 1991 Oliver Stone's original soundtrack
#9 L.A. Woman - 1971
#17 The Doors Greatest Hits - 1980


Classic Rock Legends has taken the liberty of adding singles that merit listing but were not in the TOP 10

#1   Hello, I Love You - Pop Singles - 1968
#1   Light My Fire - Pop Singles - 1965
#3   Touch Me - Pop Singles - 1969
#11  Love Her Madly - Pop Singles - 1971
#12  People Are Strange - Pop Singles - 1967
#14  Riders On The Storm - Pop singles - 1971
#25  Love Me Two Times - Pop Singles - 1968


Determining accurate and reliable U.S. sales is difficult. Determining foreign sales is almost impossible, not to mention the huge amount of bootlegging in many countries of the world. Album sales reported here are based on the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Latest data.

The Doors have sold more than 29 Million Albums in the US


Grammy Hall Of Fame - This award was established by the Recording Academy's National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Winners are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts.

Recording Format Inducted
The Doors Rock Album 2002


The Doors inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 1993

Inductees: Jim Morrison (vocals; born December 8, 1943..Melbourne FL), Ray Manzarek (guitar; born February 12, 1939..Chigago IL), Robby Krieger (guitar; born January 8, 1946..Los Angeles CA ), John Densmore (Drums; born December 1, 1944..Los Angeles CA)


Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

Position Album
#42 The Doors
#362 L.A. Woman
#407 Strange Days Ultimate Album list (Not Ranked)

  • The Doors

  • L.A. Woman

  • Morrison Hotel

  • Strange Days Top 500 Rock And Roll songs

Position Song
#6 Light My Fire
#42 L.A. Woman
#53 Touch Me
#70 Break On Through
#117 Hello I Love you
#155 Love Her Madly
#184 Love Me Two Times
#241 Riders On The Storm
#263 People Are Strange
#396 Waiting For The Sun
#409 20th Century Fox
#456 The End


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