James Douglas Morrison was born to George and Clara Morrison in Melbourne, Florida. A Naval officer, George was forced to move his family around a lot when Jim was a child, and some say that fact led to Jim's unique method of speaking out.
Upon graduation from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia, Jim continued his education at several institutions before finding his way to California, and UCLA. He began studying film, his true desire, and got into music accidentally. It was soon after that he met Ray Manzarek on a Venice beach, who was already in a band called Rick and the Ravens. Jim joined the already formed band, and in the autumn of 1965, the Raven's recorded a 6 track album, featuring Moonlight Drive, Summer's Almost Gone, and Break on Through. Jim took to the streets of LA, searching for a contract at all of the major LA recording studios.
Several months later, the head of talent research at Columbia Records, Billy James heard the album and signed the Raven's to a six month contract. It was soon that Robby Krieger joined the band, completing the foursome that came to be known as the Doors.
Jim convinced his band mates to change the name to the Doors, based on two distinct pieces of writing. Aldous Huxley's cult hit, The Doors of Perception and a quote by William Blake. There are things known, and there are things unknown and in between are the doors. From that moment on, history would never be the same. Jim was coming into his own, and he was ready to make a splash.