Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors, died on July 3, 1971. Yet, 40 years after his death, his legacy and legend are bigger than ever. Devoted Doors fans make pilgrimages not only to his grave in Paris, but also to the many places associated with his life in Los Angeles. The streets of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood are paved with numerous locations significant in Morrison's life.
The famous Whisky A Go-Go nightclub, located at 8901 Sunset Blvd on the Sunset Strip, is where Jim Morrison and The Doors played as the house band during the Summer of 1966. It was at the Whisky where The Doors were discovered by Jac Holzman of Elektra Records and signed to a record deal.
Next door, at 8911 Sunset, is the former site of the London Fog, the small club where The Doors honed their stage act. This is where Jim Morrison used to perform with his back to the audience, until he got more comfortable on stage.
Nearby on Santa Monica Blvd is the former site of the Tropicana Motel located at 8585 Santa Monica (now a Ramada Hotel). In the 60s, this was a popular hangout for musicians. Morrison lived here off and on from 1966 to 1968.
In 1968, The Doors set up their offices and rehearsal space ('The Doors Workshop') in a building at 8512 Santa Monica Blvd. The Doors' last album, LA Woman, was recorded there from late 1970 to early 1971. The men's room served as a vocal booth. Now an Italian restaurant, there is a plaque on display that commemorates the building's link with The Doors.
Right across the street is the Alta Cienega Motel at 1005 N. La Cienega where Jim Morrison lived from 1968 to 1970 in room 32. Visitors can request to stay in the 'Jim Morrison Room'.
And just another block away is the former building for Elektra Sound Recorders at 962 La Cienega. The Doors recorded their albums Soft Parade and Morrison Hotel here.
Barney's Beanery (8447 Santa Monica blvd), an historic restaurant on the original Route 66, was a favorite hangout of Jim Morrison. A few months after the tragic deaths of both Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in 1970, Morrison reportedly told friends one night at Barney's that he would be "number three."
In March of 1971, Morrison flew to Paris to join girlfriend, Pam, on an extended vacation. He died four months later on July 3, 1971. Morrison is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.