The Doors were a hand and each individual part formed a side or the diamond that was the whole. One night, on the road, just before the concert was to begin, a disc jockey climbed on the stage to introduce the act: "Ladies and gentlemen," he announced to the audience, "please welcome Jim Morrison and the Doors." There was me customary applause.
As the DJ walked down the stairs leading from the stage, Jim pulled him aside and said, "Uh-uh, man, you go Lack up there and introduce us right."
The DJ panicked. "What did I say? What did I do?"
"It's THE DOORS' Jim said, "the name of the land is THE DOORS."
When the Doors' first managers tried to lure Jim away from the rest of the group with promises of wealth and independence that a solo venture could provide, Jim immediately went over to Ray and informed him, "These two guys are trying to break up me band; let's get rid of them." The managers were bought out of their contract; from that time on, their roadie became the Doors' representative, and the four Doors essentially managed themselves. Nobody would ever again try to drive a wedge between Jim and the band, and no one would ever tell these guys what to do.
|John Densmore, Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek of The Doors in 1968|
The following extract captures John Densmore recalling some T.V shows that The Doors did back in 67/68 (taken from his life story account of the Doors entitled 'Riders On The Storm', Arrow Books, 1990. p155 -156)
|John Densmore on The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour|
But hadn't we agreed that we needed more exposure, just as long as it wasn't on a show we considered lousy? We'd done Ed Sullivan 'cause the Beatles, the Stones, and Elvis had been on. Remember when Ed walked in on our rehearsal and Robby was writhing around on the floor doing his Three Stooges imitation? We were all laughing and Ed said, "You boys look great when you smile. You should do that tonight You're to serious."
Hadn't we turned down lots of offers before agreeing to the Smothers Brothers' because their politics were cool and controversial, and Winters because we liked his bizarre sense of humor? But you showed us all by not moving an inch during "Light My fire," didn't you? It was on uptight, stiff vocal performance and I felt you were hurting the band as the end of the song approached and you wetre giving nothing as far as emotional singing goes.
|The Doors On the Ed Sullivan Show perform Light My Fire 1967|
|The Doors On TV|
01. - When The Music's Over 12:22
Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada June 6, 1970
02. - Peace Frog 3:47
Felt Forum, NY, 1/18/70, Late Show
03. - Build Me A Woman 3:53
Felt Forum, NY, 1/18/70, Late Show
04. - Get Off My Life 4:10
The Matrix, San Francisco, 3/7/67, Set 1
05. - Crawling King Snake 5:07
The Matrix, San Francisco, 3/7/67, Set 2
06. - The Celebration Of The Lizard 12:37
Aquarius Theatre, LA, 7/21/69
07. - You Make Me Real 2:55
Boston Arena, 4/10/70, or Cobo Arena, Detroit, 5/8/70
08. - Soul Kitchen 6:03
The Matrix, San Francisco, March 7, 1967, Set 1
09. - The End 12:31
CBC Television Studios, Toronto, 9/14/67
10. - Wild Child 2:39
Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Dec 4, 1968
11. - Touch Me 3:13
Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Dec. 4, 1968
12. - Light My Fire 2:59
The Ed Sullivan TV Show, Sept 17, 1967
The Doors were:
Jim Morrison (Vocals and Obsenities)
Ray Manzarek (Keyboards)
Robby Krieger (Guitar)
John Densmore (drums)
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