There were two things that defined the sound of The Doors… one was the languid voice and dark, brooding lyrics of Jim Morrison and the other was the soulful and intricate keyboard melodies of Ray Manzarek. And today, at the age of 74, Manzarek passed from this mortal coil to join Jim Morrison on the other side.
When producer Bruce Botnick was putting together the new 40th anniversary edition of the Doors classic L.A. Woman, he discovered the tape of an unreleased song recorded during those sessions titled “She Smells So Nice”, which you can listen to below.
On July 3rd, 1971 Jim Morrison was found dead in the bathtub by Parisian paramedics who had been called to his apartment by his girlfriend Pam Courson. The official cause of death was heart failure, presumably from years of drug and alcohol abuse. But for decades, some people who were there have insisted that Morrison died earlier in the night of a heroin overdose at the Rock n’ Roll Circus club.