Morrison met his long-term companion, Pamela Courson, well before he gained any fame or fortune, and she encouraged him to develop his poetry. At times, Courson used the surname “Morrison” with his apparent consent or at least lack of concern. After Courson’s death on April 25, 1974, the probate court in California decided that she and Morrison had what qualified as a common-law marriage….
….Morrison joined Courson in Paris in March 1971. They took up residence in the city in a rented apartment on the rue Beautreillis (in the 4th arrondissement of Paris on the Right Bank), and went for long walks throughout the city, admiring the city’s architecture. During this time, Morrison shaved his beard and lost some of the weight he had gained in the previous months. Morrison died on July 3, 1971 at age 27. In the official account of his death, he was found in a Paris apartment bathtub (at 17–19 rue Beautreillis, 4th arrondissement) by Courson. Pursuant to French law, no autopsy was performed because the medical examiner stated that there was no evidence of foul play. The absence of an official autopsy has left many questions regarding Morrison’s cause of death. In Wonderland Avenue, Danny Sugerman discussed his encounter with Courson after she returned to the United States. According to Sugerman’s account, Courson stated that Morrison had died of a heroin overdose, having inhaled what he believed to be cocaine. Sugerman added that Courson had given him numerous contradictory versions of Morrison’s death, saying at times that she had killed Morrison, or that his death was her fault. Courson’s story of Morrison’s unintentional ingestion of heroin, followed by his accidental overdose, is supported by the confession of Alain Ronay, who has written that Morrison died of a hemorrhage after snorting Courson’s heroin, and that Courson nodded off instead of phoning for medical help, leaving Morrison bleeding to death.Read More
I think I was in the 9th grade when I first heard about this great new band The Doors, and when I looked at their discography, I saw that both of their first two albums were released in 1967, which was a year I was in the 9th grade. Well, we know where they went from there, between the release of their self-titled debut album to their last studio album with Jim Morrison, they produced six multi=platinum albums. Their sound was different, electrifying even, as was Jim Morrison. When the end came in that Paris Hotel, while you knew that it had a good chance of happening, we are all still shocked and saddened.
I often wonder if those who left us to early, like Morrison, Jimi, Janice, and Kurt Cobain would be a revered as they are, if they had lived a longer life?? If through the years, we had watched them maybe decline, get fatter, maybe the luster would wear off. What we have, though, is a Jim Morrison; frozen in time, and we remember him when he was at his musical best and maybe in the eyes of the establishment his socially worst, with a glorious career in front of him, which does make it really sad doesn’t it?
As it was, Morrison
….was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”, and number 22 on Classic Rock Magazine’s “50 Greatest Singers In Rock”. Ray Manzarek said that Morrison “embodied hippie counterculture rebellion…” Morrison was also known as the self-proclaimed “King of Orgasmic Rock”.
So let’s go “into the night” linking Willie Dixon and Jim Morrison together, by listening to Jim’s version of Dixon’s “Back Door Man”
- Shocking Moment #98: The Death of Jim Morrison (tdennis2011.wordpress.com)
- Unexplained Deaths, ‘Suicidings’, ‘Accidents’, Plots & Assassinations :: Sat03Jul1971 Jim Morrison dies in Paris aged 27 COINTELPRO? (911forum.org.uk)
- The Strange Death of Jim Morrison (hugequestions.com)
- The 43rd anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death (examiner.com)