Written by megarock on December 1, 2017
Happy birthday to John Densmore born on 1 Dec 1944, drummer with The Doors, who had the 1967 US No.1 & UK No.49 single ‘Light My Fire’ & 1971 single ‘Riders On The Storm’. Densmore allowed ‘Riders on the Storm’ to be used to sell Pirelli Tyres, in the UK only and later stated that he “heard Jim’s voice” in his ears and ended up donating the money earned to charity. In 2002, Densmore vetoed an offer by Cadillac for $15 million for ‘Break on Through (To the Other Side)’ because of Morrison’s vehement opposition to licensing the Doors’ music for commercial use. More on The Doors here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/the_doors
The Doors made a steady climb up the Billboard 200, ultimately becoming a huge success in the US once Light My Fire scaled the charts, with the album peaking at #2 on the chart in September 1967 and going on to achieve multi-platinum status.
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