“The Doors” was born on a Southern California beach in July of 1965. Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek ran into each other on Venice Beach and Morrison told Manzarek he’d been writing songs. Manzarek insisted that he sing one of the songs, Morrison sang “Moonlight Drive” and the impressed Manzarek suggested that they form a band.
Manzarek was in the band “Rick and The Ravens” and after John Densmore joined the band in August, Morrison, Manzarek and Densmore along with the Ravens recorded a demo that included six songs in September of 1965. That same month Robby Krieger joined the band playing guitar.
The band didn’t include a bass player like most other rock bands, instead Manzarek strummed out the bass sounds with his left hand on a new invention, the Fender Rhodes bass keyboard! When playing any other keyboard Manzarek always played with his right hand!
By 1966 the band was playing at the London Fog Club and later moved up to Whiskey a Go Go. While playing there on August 10, Jac Holzman …