The Doors arrived on the rock scene in 1967. With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison’s poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

Morrison’s (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) mystical command of the frontman role may be the iconic heart of The Doors, but the group’s extraordinary power would hardly have been possible without the virtuosic keyboard tapestries of Ray Manzarek (February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013), the gritty, expressive fretwork of guitarist Robby Krieger (January 8, 1946) and the supple, dynamically rich grooves of drummer John Densmore (December 1, 1944). From baroque art-rock to jazz-infused pop to gutbucket blues, the band’s instrumental triad could navigate any musical territory with aplomb – and all three contributed mightily as songwriters.

Info extracted from the official The Doors’ website.

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