So many years have passed and yet Jim Morrison is still vividly remembered. Though he didn’t get the chance to have a long life, he made his mark in the little time he spent on earth. He was a singer, songwriter, and poet whose personality and performances placed him as one of the most famous lead singers in the history of rock music.
In 1965, alongside his friend Ray Manzarek, Jim started a rock band named The Doors. Two years after the band was started, they didn’t make waves until the single “Light My Fire” dropped. The group went on to make other great hits like “Break On Through (To the Other Side),” “The End,” “Moonlight Drive,” “People are Strange”, “Hello, I Love You,” “Roadhouse Blues,” “L.A. Woman,” and “Riders on the Storm”.
In the ‘60s, he took on alcohol heavily and became so addicted that he started underperforming on stage. He would get on stage so high with alcohol and mutter his lyrics, so much to the dismay of his teeming fans. Jim never got out of it until his death.
Morrison has received a lot of post-humous recognitions which includes 47th on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and came in at 22nd on Classic Rock magazine’s “50 Greatest Singers in Rock”.
Early Life and Background Details
Jim was born as James Douglas Morrison on December 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida. Though Jim once declared himself as an only child (under the influence of alcohol of course), it is on record that he had two siblings. Anne Robin is Jim’s younger sister, who was born in 1947 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Andrew Lee Morrison is his younger brother, who was born in 1948 in Los Altos, California.
Jim Morrison’s educational life saw him move from place to place, largely because of his dad’s military involvements. He completed his third grade at Fairfax County Elementary School, Fairfax County, Virginia, before moving to Kingsville, Texas, where he attended Charles H. Flato Elementary School. He went to two other schools before graduating from sixth grade at Longfellow School, San Diego, California.
He started high school at Alameda High School in Alameda, California, and finished at George Washington High School, Alexandria, Virginia. After completing high school, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of California, Los Angeles. There, he graduated from the Theater Arts department of the College of Fine Arts in 1965.
Father, Wife or Girlfriend, and Children
His father was Rear Admiral George Stephen Morrison. He led the United States naval forces during the Gulf of Tonkin incident. This informed the United States involvement in the Vietnam War in 1965. He was a war hero. As part of recognition for his selfless service to the United States, he was decorated with many medals and badges including the United Nations Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and much more.
Jim Morrison was known to have been involved in several sexual and romantic relationships throughout his career. The list of ladies he had been involved with included Pamela Des Barres, Nico, the Velvet Underground singer, Grace Slick, Gloria Stavers, and Janis Joplin.
In the midst of all his flings, he still had a long-standing girlfriend, Pamela Courson. Most of the people close to Jim described the relationship as very charged and intense. They met in college and she was there for him, even to the point of his death. Though they never got married, she added the Morrison surname to hers. Fellow band member, Ray Manzarek called her “Jim’s other half”.
Officially, Jim Morrison did not have any children. However, it is possible that some of the women he philandered with gave birth to children for him. The suspicion is hinged on the number of paternity suits that were filed against him when he died.
Jim Morrison Height
He had a very great body and stood at 1.8 meters. This probably added to the reason most ladies wanted him and equally helped his career as a musician.
Cause of Death
Jim died on July 3rd, 1971. He was just 27 when he died. He was found dead in a bathtub by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson. Though no autopsy was carried out, it was believed he died of heart failure. Jim had been a chronic alcoholic and was losing weight. He probably had damaged his heart with excessive alcohol intake.