Just two years after the death of Jim Morrison in Paris, on August 30, 1973, the surviving members of The Doors, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore officially break-up as The Doors.
While most people view the death of Morrison as the end of The Doors, the truth is they continued on as a band, hadn‘t Morrison himself, when asked by Salli Stevenson what would happen to The Doors if he had to go to prison, and he replied “I would hope that since all three are excellent musicians, they would go on and create an instrumental sound of their own that didn‘t depend on lyrics.” In November 1971 they released “Other Voices”, the album, while it did feel like it was missing an ingredient, was influenced by the death of Morrison and included songs such as “Tightrope Ride” and “Hang On to Your Life”. July 17, 1972 saw the release of “Full Circle” but with esoteric song titles “Verdiliac,” “The Piano Bird,” and “The Peking King and the New York Queen,” weak lyrics, and most significantly, the albums didn’t sound like The Doors. Both albums failed to receive critical acclaim but did rack not insignificant sales, “Other Voices” hitting number 31 on the Billboard charts, and “Full Circle” reaching 68.
Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore perhaps realizing some of these shortcomings did try to find a lead singer that might add charisma and edginess back to The Doors. Auditioning lead singers such as Howard Werth, and at one point were considering Paul Rodgers of Bad Company but was unavailable.
After the death of Morrison, Elektra Records supported the band booking them at venues like Carnegie Hall, and on the British TV show, The Old Grey Whistle Test. Holzman asked them to play the annual Warners Communications convention, and before Holzman left Warner’s Communications he gave The Doors their publishing rights, a thank you to the band that took Elektra Records from a small company that produced mostly folk records to a national player in the rock scene.
After The Doors closed, Densmore and Krieger went on to form, the badly named The Butts Band which was one of the earliest bands that used reggae as an influence, but the band didn’t last long. Manzarek went on to a solo career releasing albums such as “The Whole Thing Started With Rock ‘n’ Roll and Now It’s Out of Control” and “The Golden Scarab,” “Carmina Burana” with Philip Glass. Manzarek also produced the band X, and played and recorded with poet Michael McClure, and blues guitarist Roy Rogers. In later years Manzarek and Krieger again teamed up in the Manzarek-Krieger Band and touring and playing Doors songs to receptive audiences worldwide.
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