Milestones, Jul. 19, 1971

Died. Jim Morrison, 27, lead singer of the Doors and the third big rock star to die within ten months; in Paris. Although Morrison at times drank heavily, he did not have a reputation as a drug user, and he died of a heart attack. The son of an admiral, Morrison got a master's degree from UCLA before beginning to intone his long, theatrical poems to dark, eerie, thundering rock. His orgiastic performances and his command, "Come on, baby, light my fire," turned on teeny-boppers by the millions, but his mood was often more apocalyptic: "Cancel my subscription to the Resurrection!"...

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