Today is arguably George Harrison’s 70th birthday. Harrison’s birth certificate says February 25th, 1943 but a recently discovered document in the Harrison family archives has a time and date of 11:50PM February 24, 1943. We’ll leave this argument to The Beatles fans, and in honor of what would have been Harrison’s 70th birthday (he died of lung cancer November 29, 2001 at age 58) we’ll take a look at some of the links between The Beatles and The Doors.
Not many fans either Doors or Beatles have much information as to the connections between The Doors and The Beatles but they do exist.
Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman went to England in 1965 to meet with John Lennon and Paul McCartney to secure their permission and blessing for the Elektra release of The Baroque Beatles Book.
At the end of The Doors European tour in late September of 1968 it is rumored Jim Morrison paid a visit to the Abbey Road studios and met with John Lennon and even was recorded in the chorus of Happiness is a Warm Gun.
November 1968 George Harrison paid a reciprocal visit to The Doors in the studio shortly after they start recording The Soft Parade. Harrison reminisces about putting together the Sgt. Peppers album which had the shared quality of having strings and brass sections on the albums. These meetings of Jim Morrison with The Beatles and vice versa are uncorroborated, and no pictures exist of any them together.
The Doors were the headlining group at the Toronto Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival September 13, 1969 in which lagging ticket sales were boosted by the last minute addition of John Lennon and Yoko Ono with the first appearance of the Plastic Ono Band.
Happy Birthday George!
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