was an American rock
band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California by vocalist Jim Morrison
, keyboardist Ray Manzarek
, drummer John Densmore
, and guitarist Robby Krieger
. They were considered a controversial and influential band, due mostly to Morrison's cryptic lyrics and unpredictable stage persona
. After Morrison's death on July 3, 1971, the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding in 1973. Despite a career that barely totaled eight years, The Doors still enjoy a huge cult following as well as status in the mainstream music industry as being hugely influential and original. According to the RIAA
, they have sold over 32.5 million albums in the US alone.