The Late Movies: Jim Morrison, Gone for 42 Years

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On this day in 1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris. Last month, keyboardist Ray Manzarek passed away. Tonight, let's look back at some live performances by the band.

"People are Strange" and "Light My Fire" (Ed Sullivan Show, 1967)

"Girl, we couldn't get much better higher." Note how Robby Krieger glances at Morrison right after he sings the unchanged lyric the first time. (Read the whole story if you're not familiar with this infamous TV moment.)

"When the Music's Over" (Copenhagen, 1968)

Beautifully shot black and white performance. Note the American flag drum riser.

"Love Me Two Times" ("Europe," 1968)

"I love the friends I've gathered together on this thin raft."

"Light My Fire" (Hollywood Bowl, 1968)

The actual song begins at 1:35. You can see the entire concert on YouTube!

"Light My Fire" ("Europe," 1968)

Compare and contrast with the previous version.

"The End" (Isle of Wight Festival, 1970)

Dig the hair.

"The End"

Not sure where this was performed, but it's impressive.

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