Member Jim Morrison - vocals, harmonica, maracas, tambourine Ray Manzarek – keyboards, vocals, bass. Robby Krieger – guitar, harmonica John Densmore- drums, percussion
Sources: 1965-1966 in 1964, on the beach of Venice, Jim Morrison found an old companion of UCLA University, Ray Manzarek, four years older than him. This same began a casualconversation, and Morrison gave read Manzarek Moonlight Drive, a poem that Jim had just write letter, then Ray (fan of reggae and rock of the epoch) asked Jim to him sing the theme which Manzarek wasfascinated, and decided to join his band
Ray Manzarek was in a band called Rick And The Ravens with his brother Rick, while Robby Krieger, and John Densmore was played in The Psychedelic Rangers andknew Manzarek from meditation classes. In August, Densmore joined the Group and with some members of the Ravens and an unidentified bass, recorded a demo of 5 themes on September 2. This demo waspartially bootlegged, and that was the only way to get it until its appearance in the Box Set of The Doors, published in 1997.
Ese mismo mes, el grupo reclutó al talentoso Robby Krieger y la alineaciónfinal —Morrison, Manzarek, Krieger y Densmore— estaba completa. La banda tomó su nombre de un verso del poeta William Blake: "If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to manas it is: infinite." (Si las puertas de la percepción fueran depuradas, todo aparecería ante el hombre tal cual es: infinito), que también daba título al libro de Aldous Huxley, The Doors of...