Jim Morrison’s Father, Upon Hearing the First “Doors” Album, Wrote a Letter to His Son: “Give Up Any Idea of Singing”

by Alex A.

When James Douglas Morrison had a “break on through to the other side” and became Jim Morrison the frontman of The Doors it didn’t take long to became one of the most glorified and mystified singers of all time.

An army of fans adored him and the music he wrote, the popular press wrote of his controversial image in a gothic manner; The Village Voice described him as "The first major male sex symbol since James Dean died and Marlon Brando got a paunch," others dubbed him "shaman-serpent king," "leather tiger," and "America’s Oedipal nightingale."

In the mid-60s, The Doors, with their blend of dark psychedelic rock and blues, became one of the most popular rock bands in the United States. Even though Morrison enjoyed immense fame and was critically acclaimed by the entire world, there was one particular person who was not exactly a fan—his father.

George Stephen Morrison was a U.S Navy rear admiral, naval aviator and the commander of the U.S. naval forces in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident of August 1964.


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