The Doors – George Harrison Connection

George Harrison, 1964

George Harrison died on November 29, 2001 at age 58 of lung cancer. There is a Doors-George Harrison connection, in that Harrison apparently visited The Doors in the studio in November 1968 during the recording of “The Soft Parade.”

Harrison’s visit to The Doors may have been reciprocating Jim Morrison’s visit to Abbey Road Studios in September of 1968, and there is anecdotal evidence that these visits happened although no pictures or other documentary evidence has surfaced/survived.

The Beatles/Doors connection starts with Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, who met with Paul McCartney and John Lennon in 1965 to get their blessing for Elektra to release “The Baroque Beatles Book.”

The Doors were familiar with Elektra’s catalog prior to being signed by Elektra — they were fans and peers of Love and The Butterfield Blues Band — and could well have been aware of Holzman’s connection to The Beatles. It’s pretty easy to hypothesize that Jim Morrison asked Holzman to arrange a meeting in London at the end of The Doors’ 1968 European tour in September and Harrison’s visit to The Doors in November.

George Harrison and Bob Dylan, 1968
George Harrison was in the USA in November 1968. We know this because he visited Dylan at home in Woodstock, New York and recorded some demos with him.

The Doors in November of 1968 had just started recording “The Soft Parade,” and Harrison’s visit is dated by some sources as November 29th with others leaving the exact date unknown. “The Soft Parade” is the first Doors album to include jazz and orchestral musicians, and would take them nine months to finish the record and release it in July 1969. Harrison is said to have talked to The Doors about the recording of “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” and The Beatles’ use of classical instrumentation. Harrison is quoted as saying that “The Soft Parade” had “the complexity of the Sergeant Pepper recordings.”

Sources: Greg Shaw via “The Doors FAQ“.

Originally published November 30, 2013 and appears in “The Doors Examined.”

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There is & was no George Harrison / The Doors connection.
This is how history gets distorted with fake news.
Besides what is the point your getting at?

James Cherry

Hi Steve,
I’m going to disagree with you on both points my article is distorting history and is fake news. Nowhere in the article does it say the meeting happened, notice the words and phrases, hypothesize, “apparently visited”, “anecdotal evidence” and “may have been…”. It’s pretty clear that the visit is conjecture, and I’ve never presented it as such, but I think there is enough circumstantial evidence there may been such a meeting.


False Face

Is there reference to this event in any of the Doors’ autobiographies?

Michael Simmons

I saw Jac Holzman introduce Spider John Koerner at McCabe’s in Santa Monica several years ago. He told the story of meeting The Beatles in London and that George told him he was a huge fan of Elektra artists Koerner, Ray & Glover.