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December 2011 Blog Posts (16)

The Doors on The Jonathan Winters Show

The Doors had just had their biggest summer. “Light My Fire” had gone from a seven minute album cut, to an edited AM radio friendly length of 2:52, and on to being a part of the “Summer of Love’s” soundtrack and number 1 on the Billboard charts.

With “Light My Fire” hitting number 1 it pushed The Doors onto the national stage and the national variety shows started calling, Ed Sullivan, and in December the Jonathan Winters Show.

 

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 28, 2011 at 8:17am — No Comments

Merry Christmas from The Doors Examiner!

Merry Christmas from The Doors Examiner! I hope everyone has had a restful and happy holiday today!

I hope all The Doors Examiner subscribers and readers have enjoyed this year’s articles! It’s always amazing the journey The Doors still take us on 40 years after their heyday.

The Doors have proclaimed 2012 to be “the year of The Doors” with releases including 40th anniversary editions of…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 25, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Hello everyone!

Id like everyone to know that I am very grateful for the warm welcome from you! Also I'd like to tell you whats coming up on my channel, Im going to upload everything Beatles because my respect for them is so great and how they changed my life for the better. I want to thank you for the support by watching and commenting. as always keep rocking,
James

Added by james crafford on December 21, 2011 at 7:03am — No Comments

Ray & Dorothy Manzarek Celebrate 44 years of Marriage Today!

What the picture shows-Two couples in the backseat of a car smiling broadly. The couples are Ray Manzarek and Dorothy Fujikawa, and Jim Morrison and Pam Courson. Ray and Dorothy just got married, at the Los Angeles courthouse, it’s December 21st, 1967.

What the picture doesn’t show- That it’s been a successful year for Manzarek and Morrison. In January of ‘67, their first album, “The Doors” was released and in the interim they’ve had a hit song in “Light My Fire,” they’ve…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 21, 2011 at 5:59am — No Comments

John Densmore on the death of Vaclav Havel

Some times news and entertainment intersect, such was the life of Vaclav Havel, and The Doors drummer John Densmore has long taken public stands on issues and lent his name to causes. With the news this weekend of the death of Vaclav Havel, the first president of Czech Republic John Densmore released this statement:

 

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 19, 2011 at 4:38am — No Comments

Mr Mojo Risin Trailer Contains Revelation abt Jim Morrison/The Doors

Mr.Mojo Risin: The Story of L.A. Woman” is set for release January 24, 2012, it’s a behind the scenes look at the making of The Doors seminal rock ‘n’ roll album, as told by the participants Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Elektra founder Jac Holzman and producer Bruce Botnick.

Eagle Rock TV which is releasing “Mr.Mojo Risin” has released a trailer for the DVD/Blu-Ray production, which you can watch in the left hand sidebar of this article. The trailer does reveal one…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 17, 2011 at 4:56am — No Comments

Robby Krieger to Tour w/ Experience Hendrix Tribute

Robby Krieger since ending the summer tour with former Doors bandmate Ray Manzarek and the Manzarek-Krieger Band has been appearing with blues legends, and will continue to do so in March 2012. Krieger will appear with the Experience Hendrix 2012 Tribute Tour.

The Experience Hendrix 2012 Tribute Tour will also include guitar players such as Buddy Guy, Billy Cox, Dweezil Zappa, Kenny Wayne Shepard, David Hidalgo, the tour will eventually go to twenty cities, more dates and cities will…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 16, 2011 at 5:35am — No Comments

The Doors Appear on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

The Smothers Brothers were hip, and controversial because of their tackling the subjects of the day such as the anti-war movement, unrest on college campus’, politics and subjects that other variety and comedy shows would ignore. The Doors after their experience of the Ed Sullivan show asking them to change the lyrics of “Light My Fire” were leery of playing TV shows, but because of the Smothers brothers reputation The Doors played on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Show on December 15,…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 15, 2011 at 4:27am — No Comments

Dallas 1970, 2nd from Last Doors Show w/ Jim Morrison

December 11, 1970 The Doors play two sold shows at the State Fair Music Hall in Dallas, Texas, it’s the second to last dates The Doors will play with Jim Morrison as lead singer.

Not much has been known or discussed about the Dallas 1970 show. Years ago Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek commented that he always wished The Doors had been able to play the songs off “L.A. Woman” with Jim Morrison live, and fans lamented that too until a recording of the Dallas 70 show came to light and…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 11, 2011 at 5:31pm — 1 Comment

Way back in May of '72

I was trying to explain what exactly Germersheim was to a niece and nephew who found one of my old photos from the event on Facebook. So did a Google search for Germersheim, 1972. Thus I found this fantastic site, the photos and was able to share with the buds who were there with me in May of 1972. I had been discharged on May 1, 1972 from the USAF, Ramstein Germany. A bud & I made a quick trip to visit another freaq who was at the time in Ankara Turkey. This involved hitching a ride to…

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Added by wmfxir on December 10, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

The Jim Morrison Pardon 1 year Later

Usually for Doors history we have to climb into the Wayback machine, but today we only have to go back one year and to Florida. December 9, 2010, Jim Morrison is pardoned by the Florida Parole and Clemency Board.

The charges against Morrison in Florida stemmed from the March 1, 1969, “Miami incident” in which it was alleged that Morrison exposed himself. The official charges included lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, open profanity and drunkenness. Morrison was found…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 9, 2011 at 8:20am — No Comments

Jim Morrison's New Haven Arrest

Concatenation. A series of events that leads from one to another, the cosmic clicking of kinetic balls that in retrospect seem inexorable and inevitable. that’s arguably what lead up to the events in New Haven, Connecticut December 9, 1967.

The events that happened the night before in Troy, New York, on December 8th, Morrison’s 24th birthday, set in motion the events that lead to Jim Morrison‘s arrest in New Haven. By all accounts, the Troy show was a terrible. First, Morrison missed…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 9, 2011 at 6:08am — No Comments

Jim Morrison 68th Birthday Tribute

Today is Jim Morrison’s birthday, he would have been 68 years old. There are a few events that surround Jim’s birthday that are noteworthy for Doors fans, and that lead indirectly to Jim being the first rock star arrested onstage.

Skipping around in time, December 8, 1970 Jim and friends Frank and Kathy Lisciandro, Alain Ronay, Florentine Pabst and John Haeny go into the studio to record some of Jim’s poetry that later will be used for “An American Prayer.”

 

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 8, 2011 at 6:07am — No Comments

Jim Morrison to Return in New Play?

High on Jim Morrison’s reading list was Greek Mythology and theater. When Jim Morrison put the Oedipal section in “The End” he entered the song, The Doors and even his life into the purview of Greek tragedy. Annie Herridge, a writer/director with the Golden Goat Productions theater company in Dorset, England saw the connection between Morrison’s life and Greek tragedy and had the idea to do a modern retelling of Euripides, “The Bacchae”, in Morrison’s story, “An American Prayer.”

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 7, 2011 at 9:13am — No Comments

Doors News Dec 3, 2011

Some updates on articles that have run in the past few weeks, and a couple of new ones.

Late Friday for the past few weeks has been Jimmy Fallon’s big news day, especially since he did “The Reading Rainbow” in a Doors parody. This week Fallon announced that he has signed with Warner Music Records for a comedy album that will include his rock parodies such as his “Reading Rainbow” cover by “The Doors” as well Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. Warner’s has released comedy albums by other…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 3, 2011 at 4:51am — No Comments

John Denmore's 67th Birthday

Today is The Doors drummer, John Densmore’s birthday, John is 67 today.

Densmore was born in Los Angeles, December 1st 1944. He developed an early interest in jazz drumming and he played in the Santa Monica High School band, he was also an underage visitor to the jazz clubs on the Sunset Strip where he watched the bands and some of the best drummers of the day.

In 1965 Densmore joined the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s third street mediation center in Santa Monica. At the time…

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Added by Jim Cherry on December 1, 2011 at 8:50am — No Comments

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