This week in Doors history is dominated by the start of their European tour in England, but some other key things occurred between September 4 and 7th in Doors history.
September 4, 1965 - Jim Morrison writes his parents telling them he’s in a band and “what do they think about that?” Jim’s father wrote back, he thought it was a “crock”. It’s the last known communication between Jim and his parents.
September 4, 1967 - The single of “People Are Strange/Unhappy Girl” is released.
September 5, 1968 - The Doors appear on Top of the Pops on the BBC and performed “Hello, I Love You.”
September 6, 1968 - The Doors play the Roundhouse. Four shows where they play two sets a night on the 6th and 7th. Jefferson Airplane is also on the bill. The Doors and the Airplane alternate between opening and closing the shows. The Doors play some of the scintillating sets of their career.
September 6, 1938 - photographer Henry Diltz is born. Diltz will start as a musician, but once he discovers an affinity for photography starts photographing his friends in rock bands which leads to his photos being used on album covers, including “Morrison Hotel” which becomes one of the most iconic covers in rock history.
September 7, 1968 Jim is interviewed in London at the ICA Gallery. Jim was interviewed by Geoffrey Cannon, who kind of sounds like John Lennon. The interview is later edited and questions reinserted to deal with audio issues. Later it was bootlegged under the title “Stoned but Articulate.” Listen to the full interview in the video above. Also, while The Doors are in England “Waiting for the Sun” (the album) goes to number one on Billboards charts and stays there for 3 weeks. On October 5th the album would again rise to the number one spot for the week.
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