January 4, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Doors’ self-titled debut album. In recognition of this milestone the city of Venice, California will proclaim January 4th “The Day of The Doors”. There will be a ceremony at Pacific and Windward Avenues in Venice. In attendance will be Robby Krieger and John Densmore, the surviving members of The Doors, as well as family members of the late Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.
In our part to commemorate the 50th anniversary The Doors Examiner will present articles on the Whisky a Go-Go, The Doors’ first album, and an interview with George Winston. Winston, who discovered The Doors when the album was released and went on to become a musician in his own right, worked with Ray Manzarek and offers some unique insights into The Doors first album.
Of course, The Doors didn’t just appear on the day of January 4, 1967, as the recent release of “The Doors: London Fog 1966” demonstrates. The history of The Doors goes back to July of 1965 and The Doors Examiner has long recognized this and published articles on The Doors’ history and pre-history. I hope you’ll seek these articles out of the archives or look for them as they’re published.
January 1, 2017
Note: Rolling Stone Magazine