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.
I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone
stops, points up and gasps, Oh look at that! Then - whoosh,
and I'm gone... and they'll never see anything like it ever again...
and they won't be able to forget me - ever.-