They blew the hinges off of the public perception of rock n' roll. How much do you know about The Doors?
The Doors came together in 1965 and continued until 1973. Since then, the band has performed many reunion tours, sans one very popular lead singer.
The Doors rose from the rock scene in Los Angeles. They were, appropriately, one of the most cinematic and imaginative bands of the era.
Morrison died in Paris in 1971. The band attempted to go on without him but ultimately failed. Morrison was the band's true star and anchor, and without him, it couldn't survive.
The band released eight albums in eight years. That number includes six studio albums, a live album and a compilation.
Manzarek was the keyboardist who played many of the band's most haunting and invigorating melodies. He died in May 2013.
The famous poet William Blake wrote a line that inpsired the band's name. "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."
The Doors released their self-titled debut album in 1967. The album had their first big hit "Light My Fire."
There was only one drummer for The Doors. John Densmore played on all of the band's albums.
A police office sprayed Morrison with mace backstage. Morrison responded by grabbing a microphone and unleashing profane monologue against the authorities.
The band had three singles that topped 1 million in sales. Those songs were "Touch Me," "Hello, I Love You" and "Light My Fire."
Morrison was rebellious but shy. In the band's early performances he'd often turn his back to avoid the audience's gaze.
The show's producer convinced the band not to sing the words "girl we couldn't get much higher," which appear in "Light My Fire." Morrison, of course, sang the words anyway and gained the ire of corporate types and parents everywhere.
Krieger was the guitar virtuoso who propelled many of the band's songs to ever greater heights. He also wrote (or helped to write) many of the band's most famous tunes.
Morrison took "The End" and twisted the content too far even for the famous L.A. club. The band was fired from its steady gig, but by that point they didn't need it, anyway.
"Back Door Man" wasn't on the second album, titled "Strange Days." With the release of this album, there were indeed many strange days ahead for the four young band members.
With the Vietnam War in full swing, many young people used college as a shield from the draft. Morrison didn't want to be shipped off to a remote combat zone.
The Doors sold more than 30 million albums in the U.S. alone and more than 100 million across the planet. That number makes them one of the best-selling artists in music history.
John Densmore has essentially stood against further commercialization of the band's work. He's taken Krieger and Manzarek to court multiple times to stop songs from being used to sell products.
The third album was a charm for the band, as "Waiting for the Sun" hit No. 1 on the charts. It featured a megahit song by the name of "Hello, I Love You."
The Doors clearly had a bass guitar on some of the studio albums. But they never officially hired a bass player for their shows.
They hired Ian Astbury of the Cult. Astbury did a respectable Morrison impression, but the band was still just a distant echo of its former glory.
Pamela Courson was one of Morrison's longest relationships, although he was frequently found in the company of other women. Courson died just three years after Morrison. The cause of her death was heroin overdose.
Morrison's provacative and introspective poetry appealed to the people in Rick and the Ravens. The band later asked Krieger and Densmore to join as well.
"The Crystal Ship" was the third track on the band's first album, "The Doors." Many fans attribute the lyrics to drug use, but the words could actually carry much deeper meaning.
Meg Ryan played the rollercoaster life of Pamela Courson, who famously drifted in and out of her relationship with Jim Morrison. The movie featured Val Kilmer as Morrison.
Morrison was just 27 years old when he died. His lifeless body was found in a bathtub in Paris.
No autopsy was performed on his body. The lack of real answers regarding his death has led to endless speculation and conspiracy theories.
Manzarek played keyboard for X. He also produced the band's first four albums.
The band released two more albums after Morrison died. But the writing was on the wall, and the band ultimately failed in its efforts to continue without their legendary singer.
In 1978, seven years after Morrison's death, the band released "An American Prayer." It was a collage of sounds matched to Morrison's recited poetry, which he had recorded before his death.