Grateful Dead and The Doors - 1967
The Doors formed in 1965 after UCLA film students Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek met and then added Robbie Krieger and John Densmore. From February to May 1966 they had a steady gig at the seedy London Fog and then they moved in as the house band at the Whiskey a Go Go from May until August when they were discovered and signed to Electra Records. Their first album, “The Doors,” was released in January, 1967 and they toured madly, logging more than 240 shows during that year. The Doors’ haunting sound featured Manzarek’s organ and Krieger’s electric guitar, which served as an eerie backdrop for Morrison’s mystic and often disturbing lyrics.