Television Performances

Quicklist:

Bash!
She-Bang
Boss City #1
Clay Cole's Diskotek #1
Boss City #2
Clay Cole's Diskotek #2
Disc-O-Teen
American Bandstand
Malibu U
The Rock Scene
The Ed Sullivan Show
Murray The K
Bruce Morrow
Jonathan Winters Show
The Day It Is
Top Of The Pops
4-3-2-1 Hot & Sweet
Danish Television
Smothers Brothers
Beat Club '69
Critique
GTK
Beat Club '72
Old Grey Whistle Test
Dick Cavett Show

PRE-1967:

BASH!


Bash!

RECORDING DATE: Exact Date Unknown - Early 1965
LOCATION: Los Angeles - CA
PRODUCTION: KCOP-TV
COLOR: Unknown
LENGTH: Unknown
HOST: Charlie O'Donnell




Info:

Rick And The Ravens appear on this one and a half hour television special hosted by KRLA DJ Charlie O'Donnell in early 1965. While Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger and John Densmore are not yet part of the band, this is the first instance of a television performance featuring a member of The Doors. While this show is believed to have been pre-recorded, it may have been broadcast live on KCOP Channel 13 in Los Angeles on March 26th, 1965, and features a number of other performers including April & Nino, Eddie Cano, Freddie Cannon, Cannibal And The Headhunters, plus special guests Jackie DeShannon and Frankie Randall. It is currently unknown if copies of this broadcast have survived.

Tracklist:
(Unknown)

Broadcasts:
03/26/1965 - KCOP (Channel 13) - Los Angeles, CA

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1967:

SHE-BANG


She-Bang

RECORDING DATE: Exact Date Unknown - 01/30/1967
LOCATION: KTLA Studios - CA
PRODUCTION: Dick Clark & Casey Kasem Present
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 3:20
HOST: Casey Kasem




Info:

The Doors lip synch their first single 'Break On Through' live on the air in a very early stage of their career. This show normally aired on Sundays, and was off the air entirely between November 1966 and January 30th, 1967 in which The Doors are believed to have returned from New York on the same day. Partway through this performance, Jim Morrison's microphone appears to have been turned on briefly in which someone can be heard mumbling the first chorus, however the exact details on what happened is currently unknown. Although a poor quality videotape transfer is known to most collectors, a clean copy of this performance was released on 2013's 'R-Evolution'.

Tracklist:
Break On Through

Broadcasts:
(Dates Unknown) - Los Angeles, CA

BOSS CITY #1


Boss City

RECORDING DATE: Exact Date Unknown - Mid-February 1967
LOCATION: Los Angeles - CA
PRODUCTION: KHJ-TV
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown
HOST: Sam Riddle




Info:

The Doors appear for the first time on Boss City in February of 1967. Hosted by DJ Sam Riddle, this program was broadcast on February 18th at 5:30pm and features the W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band, and the Hearts And Flowers. Boss City ran on Saturdays from September 1966 for several years on local television station KHJ-TV. During the month of February 1967, Break On Through is The Doors first and latest single release and is most likely the song performed by the band. While a performance on Boss City was previously known from May 20th 1967, this newly discovered first appearance was uncovered by MildEquator.com in late 2014. At the present date, no surviving copies are known to exist of The Doors performances on Boss City, however two photographs taken by Jasper Daily are known. Due to unconfirmed dates for the band's supposed first ever television appearance on She-Bang, there is a strong possibility that this performance is in fact The Doors very first television appearance.

Tracklist:
Break On Through

Photographers:
Jasper Daily

Broadcasts:
02/18/1967 - KHJ-TV (Channel 9) - Los Angeles, CA



CLAY COLE'S DISKOTEK #1


Clay Cole's Diskotek

RECORDING DATE: 03/xx/1967
LOCATION: New York - NY
PRODUCTION: WPIX
COLOR: Unknown
LENGTH: Unknown
HOST: Clay Cole




Info:

While in New York in March 1967, The Doors make their first appearance on Clay Cole's Diskotek (Saturday evenings at 6 pm on WPIX Channel 11 out of NYC) where they perform their single Break On Through. Research has determined that the tapes were all wiped, the only shows that still exist are the final ones copied by an employee of the station, unfortunately this was long after The Doors' appearances. The Doors return to play this show a second time on June 24 where they most likely perform Light My Fire. During this first appearance on the show, Linda Eastman (McCartney) is present and photographing the band. While TV listings in the newspaper do not mention The Doors specifically for this show, they are presumed to be included under the 'more' category, performing alongside John Gary, The Blues Project, The New Christy Minstrels, and Ruby And The Romantics (See Below). While WPIX permanently switched to color in 1967, it is currently unknown if the station had already made the transition at the time of this broadcast.

Tracklist:
Break On Through

Photographers:
Linda Eastman (1st Appearance)

Broadcasts:
04/01/1967 - WPIX (Channel 11) - New York, NY

TV LISTING:

Clay Cole's Diskotek 1967 - TV Listing
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BOSS CITY #2


Boss City

RECORDING DATE: Exact Date Unknown - Mid-May 1967
LOCATION: Los Angeles - CA
PRODUCTION: KHJ-TV
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown
HOST: Sam Riddle




Info:

The band's second performance on Boss City was broadcast on May 20th, 1967 and likely filmed no more than a week prior to its original air date. A copy of this performance has never been found and details of the performance are unknown. Only a few shows have survived as kinescopes and the master footage is said to be long gone. Other artists featured in this broadcast are Gale Garnett, Brenton Woods and Jefferson Airplane. A remembrance of the show from an original a television viewer mentions the long version of 'Light My Fire'. In late 2014 a peculiar photo surfaced which appears to show The Doors in a studio or television environment. While it has not been proven at the present date, it has been highly speculated that the photo was taken during filming of The Doors second Boss City performance.

Tracklist:
Light My Fire (Long Version)

Photographers:
Unidentified

Broadcasts:
05/20/1967 - KHJ-TV (Channel 9) - Los Angeles, CA



CLAY COLE'S DISKOTEK #2


Clay Cole's Diskotek

RECORDING DATE: 06/13/1967
LOCATION: New York - NY
PRODUCTION: WPIX
COLOR: Unknown
LENGTH: Unknown
HOST: Clay Cole




Info:

Upon returning to New York on June 11th 1967, The Doors make their second appearance on Clay Cole's Diskotek on June 13th. The group likely performs Light My Fire and the performance is recorded during the day while the group is working nights as house band at Steve Paul's The Scene. Broadcast on June 24th, no known surviving copies of the performance exist at the present date, and while WPIX permanently switched to color in 1967, it is currently unknown if the station had already made the transition at the time of this broadcast. Photographs of The Doors on the Clay Cole currently only exist for The Doors first performance on the show in March, 1967. Also appearing in this broadcast are Chad & Jeremy, Richie Havens, The Serendipity Singers, The Pickle Brothers, and Just Rita.

Tracklist:
Light My Fire

Broadcasts:
06/24/1967 - WPIX (Channel 11) - New York, NY

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DISC-O-TEEN


Disc-O-Teen

RECORDING DATE: 06/15/1967
LOCATION: Newark - NJ
PRODUCTION: WNJU-TV
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: Unknown
HOST: Jon Zacherly




Info:

The Doors lip sync 'Light My Fire' for this live television broadcast of Disc-o-Teen at the Mosque Theatre Building in Newark, NJ. This episode features multiple bands, and teenagers dance along to the music. The Doors are interviewed when the song is finished. WNJU-TV was a UHF Station on Channel 47 in New York, and was not broadcast to a wide range of viewers due to its format. Only the final two broadcasts of this television show exist, and do not include The Doors episode.

Tracklist:
Light My Fire > Interview

Broadcasts:
Live Broadcast Only - WNJU (UHF Channel 47) - Newark, NJ

AMERICAN BANDSTAND


American Bandstand

RECORDING DATE: 07/12/1967
LOCATION: Hollywood Palace - CA
PRODUCTION: Dick Clark Television
COLOR: B&w
LENGTH: 7:45
HOST: Dick Clark




Info:

This performance on American Bandstand was shot in black and white, just under two months from the show's permanent switch to color. Hosted by Dick Clark, the show was broadcast in New York on ABC Channel 7 at 1:30pm. This episode features performances of 'The Crystal Ship', followed by a short on-stage interview with the band, then 'Light My Fire'. Click HERE to view Jim's recording contract for this performance.

Tracklist:
The Crystal Ship > Interview > Light My Fire

Broadcasts:
07/22/1967 - WABC 1:30pm (Channel 7) - New York, NY

INTERVIEW:

Clark: Gentlemen, wanna come down and join us for half a second? That's a beautiful song. Gentlemen... may I ask a favor, would you introduce yourself please?
Krieger: I'm Robby.
Densmore: John.
Morrison: My name is Jim Morrison.
Manzarek: Ray Manzarek.
Clark: Ray, let me start with you and a question if I may. How do you characterize your music, does it have a name?
Manzarek: Well it's impossible really to put a label on it, because of where we are in the music, being on the inside, you're only of the music, and all categories have to come from the outside, so someone else is going to have to say what our music is, rather than us because we are our music.
Clark: Now, a lot of people seem to think you come from San Francisco. Is that true?
Morrison: No, actually got together in L.A. but we play in San Francisco a lot.
Clark: That's the explanation of why you have that association. Why is so much happening in San Francisco? You figured it out yet?
Morrison: Uh, the west is the best.
Clark: (chuckles) Alright, fair enough. (Clark turns to Robby and John)
Clark: You sold many, many albums before you sold a single record. It's a phenomenal record success all around, the album and the single. How long did it take to make that first album?
Densmore: About a month.
Clark: It's a relatively short amount of time in this day and age, isn't it?
Densmore: We're in the middle of our second album now, trying to top the first one.
Clark: You told me though, that it took about about a year to accumulate everything and put it all together.
Densmore: (nods)
Clark: Let me leap up here (to Robby), future plans - somebody mentioned you are going somewhere?
Krieger: Yea, we're gonna go to England and our new album should be out in about September.
Clark: Have you selected a name for the new album yet Jim?
Morrison: I think it's 'Strange Days'
Clark: Alright, fair enough. Why don't you make yourself comfortable up here, and we'll do the thing that set the whole music business on fire. Ladies and gentlemen, again, The Doors!


MALIBU U


Malibu U

RECORDING DATE: Late July/Early August 1967
LOCATION: Leo Carrillo State Park - Malibu - CA / 9000 Building - Hollywood
PRODUCTION: Robert E. Petersen Productions
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 2:59
HOST: Rick Nelson




Info:

Originally shot and broadcast in color, The Doors lip sync 'Light My Fire' on an antique fire engine at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu. Known as Malibu U, this television show is hosted by Rick Nelson and lasts a total of 7 episodes. The exact filming dates are currently unknown. Jim Morrison does not show up for the filming, so Robby's twin brother Ron Krieger fills in with his back to the audience, never showing his face. Jim is later filmed atop the 9000 Building in West Hollywood with the sky behind him so as not to reveal the fact that he was not with the rest of the band. This half hour show was broadcast on August 25th and again the following day, with the very last episode of Malibu U broadcasting on September 1st. In late 2013, The Doors release 'R-Evolution' featuring the original color broadcast, plus a bonus section featuring color outtakes from the filming atop the 9000 building (See Screenshots Below). While this modern release features the complete color performance, it does not include the intro contained in the black and white timecoded copies of the episode. Also performing on this episode are Chad & Jeremy, Lou Christie, Robie Porter, The Bob Banas Dancers, and Marvin Gaye.

Tracklist:
Light My Fire

Broadcasts:
08/25/1967 - KABC 8:30pm (Channel 7) & XETV 8:30pm (Channel 6) - Los Angeles & San Diego, CA
08/26/1967 - KEYT 7:00pm (Channel 3) - Santa Barbara, CA

Outtakes:

The Doors 2013 release 'R-Evolution' features bonus color outtake footage from the second filming for Malibu U on the 9000 building rooftop. Running at a length of approx. 1 minute, this short collection of outtakes features Jim Morrison attempting to lip sync Light My Fire. While the broadcast version of the show features a blue sky behind Jim Morrison, this set of filmwork features an altered, pinkish background. It is unknown if more outtakes exist from these sessions.

Tracklist:
Light My Fire Take #1 > Light My Fire Take #2 > Light My Fire Take #6



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THE ROCK SCENE: LIKE IT IS!


The Rock Scene: Like It Is!

RECORDING DATE: 08/08/1967
LOCATION: 509 Parliament St. - Toronto, CA
PRODUCTION: CBC
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 12:49
HOST: Noel Harrison




Info:

Shot by CBC in Canada at an old movie theatre converted to television studio at 509 Parliament St. in Toronto for an episode of 'The Rock Scene: Like It Is', hosted by Noel Harrison. It was previously thought this performance was shot at the O'Keefe Centre, however new information from a CBC video engineer has revealed to MildEquator.com the actual location of this performance. The Doors portion of this show features The End, and although the other acts return to the studio to overdub their performances, The Doors do not. While this program does include a live performance of The End, the Oedipal section was omitted for the original broadcasts.

Photographs taken in the studio reveal that a rehearsal or a second performance takes place, indicating that perhaps more songs were performed and captured on tape. The show is originally broadcast on October 16th, 1967, and later in the U.S. on August 1, 1970 on WPIX and re-titled the 'Now Explosion'. An unedited performance, or the missing Oedipal section is yet to be found and may no longer exist.

Other acts included in this program are the Jefferson Airplane, Dionne Warwick, Eric Anderson, and Sergio Mendez. The exact date of The Doors performance is believed to be August 8th, 1967, however confirmation is still needed. In 1990, the original two-inch quad videotapes are transferred to a one-inch type 'C' videotape on a Sony D2 machine, and given an official release on The Doors Soundstage Performances DVD in 2002.

Tracklist:
Wake Up! > The End (Edit)

Photographers:
Roy Martin

Broadcasts:
10/16/1967 - CBC - Toronto, CAN
08/01/1970 - WPIX (Channel 11) - (as 'The Now Explosion') - New York, NY


Photograph © Roy Martin

THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW


The Ed Sullivan Show

RECORDING DATE: 09/17/1967
LOCATION: CBS Studio 50/Ed Sullivan Theater - New York, NY
PRODUCTION: CBS
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 5:36
HOST: Ed Sullivan




Info:

For their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Doors are asked to modify the word 'higher' in Light My Fire after rehearsing the song in CBS's Studio 50 in New York. The band then opens their live show with a performance of their new single People Are Strange and conclude with Light My Fire, but during the live broadcast Jim sings 'higher' in the same way the song was originally written and recorded. The Doors are never invited back. The show is re-broadcast on July 7, 1968 and clips can be seen throughout various modern video compilations. Original 16mm prints tend to feature unedited performances with quality sound. This appearance on Ed Sullivan has never seen an unedited official release.

Tracklist:
People Are Strange > Light My Fire

Photographers:
Unidentified

Broadcasts:
09/17/1967 - WCBS (Channel 2) - New York, NY
07/07/1968 - WCBS (Channel 2) - New York, NY

MURRAY THE K IN NEW YORK


Murray The K In New York

RECORDING DATE: Early Sept. 1967
LOCATION: Various Locations - New York, NY
PRODUCTION: Jamur Production
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 10:00+
HOST: Murray The K




Info:

This color television special "starring the Aquarian Age", is hosted by disc jockey Murray Kaufman, better known as 'Murray The K'. The show is filmed in various locations around New York City, and features a number of performers including Jim & Jean, Aretha Franklin, Spanky And Our Gang, Jake Holmes, The Association, Richie Havens, Otis Redding, and the Magnificent Men with cameo appearances by Ed Sullivan, Marty Allen, football player Joe Namath, and N.Y.C Mayor John V. Lindsay.

The Doors first appearance in the special is a seemingly live performance of People Are Strange, shot at 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza amongst circular planters outside the building. Although the band does not play music during this segment, Jim Morrison's vocals are in fact live. Footage shot at the same location of 'strangers' wearing pantyhose on their heads are mixed in throughout this segment.

The Doors second appearance in the special is an action scene with the band standing alongside Nassau St. out front of the Chase Manhattan Plaza during a secret agent-type scenario featuring Jackie The K, where Jackie's accomplice tears a necklace from Jim Morrison's neck and they drive off. The scene begins at the Federal Hall National Memorial where Jackie The K quickly flees after a robbery and confrontation with ninjas. The Doors music is not heard during this segment, instead, a crime-jazz track known as 'The Killer' by Lalo Schifrin is heard, and Stevie Wonder's 'Fingertips Pt. 2.'

The Doors reappear later in the special during a segment filmed in Battery Park while the band 'races' towards Jackie The K at Clinton Castle, in pursuit of the stolen necklace. Shortly after this introductory action scene, the album version of Light My Fire is played for the viewer while The Doors continue their quest to retrieve the necklace. Photographer Bob Adelman is present on this date, snapping a number of black and white photos of the band at Clinton Castle.

This special is first broadcast on September 22nd, 1967 and later rebroadcast on October 9th and November 4th on WPIX Television in New York. In 1976, IBC Distributing releases "Murray the K - Live As It Happened" featuring The Doors performance of 'People Are Strange'. Click Here to view the front and back of an original 8-track release.

"The original 2" quad tapes were deteriorating rapidly when the transfer to 3/4" videotape was made. The 3/4" tape was shedding oxide pretty badly as well, so a clean digital transfer was made using a specially prepared machine that had an air nozzle mounted near the rotating playback head to keep it clear of debris long enough to get a clean transfer."

Tracklist:
People Are Strange > Action Scene #1 > Action Scene #2 > Light My Fire

Photographers:
Bob Adelman

Broadcasts:
09/22/1967 - WPIX (Channel 11) - New York, NY
10/09/1967 - WPIX (Channel 11) - New York, NY
11/04/1967 - WPIX (Channel 11) - New York, NY

Outtakes:

Approx. 35 minutes of outtake footage from this episode also exists, featuring 15 minutes of The Doors and Murray as they run through multiple takes of 'People Are Strange' and other scenes. During these segments, a seemingly frustrated Jim Morrison mocks Murray and the production crew, even threatening Murray with a "whap on the nose". A high-pitched hum accompanies the sound on this footage, and may be irrepairable as the video tape itself is said to have been heavily deteriorated prior to a digital transfer. The whereabouts and current condition of the original tapes are unknown.


Tracklist:
People Are Strange Take #1 > Directing The People > People Are Strange Take #2 > People Are Strange Take #3 > Jim Threatens Murray > People Are Strange Take #4 > Directing 'The Doors' Scene 14B


FILM LOCATIONS:


Murray The K   1 Chase Manhattan Plaza - New York
Murray The K   1 Chase Manhattan Plaza - New York
Murray The K   Federal Hall National Memorial - 26 Wall St. - New York
Murray The K   Nassau St. at 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza - New York
Murray The K   Battery Park - New York
Murray The K   Castle Clinton - Battery Park - New York

BRUCE MORROW'S MUSIC POWER


Bruce Morrow's Music Power

RECORIDNG DATE: 09/29/1967
LOCATION: Denver, CO (Concert)
PRODUCTION: ABC Studios N.Y.
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 6:00+
HOST: Bruce Morrow





Info:

A one hour television special from Bruce Morrow's radio studio in New York titled 'Bruce Morrow's Music Power'. Shot in color, this 16mm footage features performance footage of The Doors at the University of Denver on September 29th, 1967. The final broadcast features an edit of two cameras. Other performers featured in this television special are Jefferson Airplane, Blues Magoos, The Children of Paradise, Buffy St. Marie, and Stevie Wonder. Originally broadcast on Channel 7 in New York at 7:30pm. Master footage reels do not appear to exist.



Tracklist:
Light My Fire > The End

Broadcasts:
11/08/1967 - WABC 7:30pm (Channel 7) - New York, NY

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THE JONATHAN WINTERS SHOW


The Jonathan Winters Show

RECORDING DATE: 12/04/1967
LOCATION: CBS Television City (Stage 43) - CA
PRODUCTION: Van Bernard/Wintergood Productions
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 6:10
HOST: Jonathan Winters




Info:

This show originally airs on CBS in New York and San Francisco at 10:00pm on December 27th, 1967. This is the national premiere of The Jonathan Winters Show, and is the band's last U.S. television performance for a year. This special features a performance of Moonlight Drive accompanied by Horse Latitudes for an introduction, and Light My Fire. Due to the incident in New Haven five days after the taping of this show, a network cancels The Doors next appearance, and they do not appear on television again until September while on tour in Europe. During the broadcast of this show on December 27th, The Doors interrupt their live performance at Winterland in San Francisco to watch themselves on a TV brought out onto the stage. The complete episode exists in broadcast quality in CBS' archives as well as on a black and white kinescope. The performance of Moonlight Drive was released on the video Dance on Fire with the original audio replaced with the studio version and additional unrelated footage added in. An uninterupted copy of Light My Fire was released as a bonus video on the 2012 release 'Live At The Bowl '68'.



Tracklist:
Moonlight Drive > Light My Fire

Broadcasts:
12/27/1967 - CBS - New York, NY
12/27/1967 - CBS - San Francisco, CA

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1968:

THE DAY IT IS


CBC Television

RECORDING DATE: 04/20/1968
LOCATION: CBC Studios Toronto - CAN
PRODUCTION: CBC Toronto
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: Unknown
HOST: Warren Davis




Info:

The Doors appear on CBC's daily half hour news program The Day It Is, hosted by Warren Davis. Shot in black and white, the band visits CBC Studios following their arrival at the Toronto International Airport. Concert promoter John Brower is also present in the program, announcing over the phone that the band has arrived. While at CBC, Jim Morrison is heard commenting "What are all these people doing here? I hate people." and Ray also appears. The footage is intercut with performance footage of The Doors and other news footage. Also appearing in the program is Toronto folk singer Bonnie Dobson who performs four songs. This program was broadcast on May 28th, 1968.

Photographers:
Tara Greene (Amateur)
(Various Unidentified)

Broadcasts:
05/28/1968 - CBC - Toronto, CAN



Photo by Tara Greene

TOP OF THE POPS


Top Of The Pops

RECORDING DATE: 09/05/1968
LOCATION: London - UK
PRODUCTION: BBC-1 TV
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown
HOST: Jimmy Savile




Info:

The Doors return to television for a live performance of 'Hello, I Love You' on BBC's Top of the Pops hosted by Jimmy Savile. A rehearsal for this performance took place, and may have been filmed. Although the program was simultaneously broadcast on the radio, there are no known recordings of this performance in existence. The screenshot provided above is only a photograph. Various photographers are on site photographing The Doors rehearsal and live performance. Jim Morrison is said to have been disappointed with the production of this show.

Tracklist:
Hello, I Love You

Photographers:
Andrew Maclear
Peter Sanders
Chris Walter
Barrie Wentzell

Broadcasts:
09/05/1968 - BBC - London, UK

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4-3-2-1 HOT & SWEET


4-3-2-1 Hot & Sweet

RECORDING DATE: 09/13/1968
LOCATION: Romer Square - Frankfurt - DE
PRODUCTION: ZDF-TV
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 2:10
HOST: Suzanne Doucet





Info:

Although this performance was filmed in color, the original televised broadcast was black and white. Filmed in Romer (Roman) Square in Frankfurt, The Doors do a 1:00 p.m. lip-synch on an outdoor presentation of 'Hello, I Love You' in front of The Romer - Frankfurt's city hall for over 600 years. While performing, Jim Morrison is noticably gazing around at the sites. Many photographs taken by Michael Montfort are also known to exist from this performance and Jim Morrison's off-screen visit to the immediate area, including the Old St. Nicholas church. Color portions of the show were previously known to collectors, however The Doors 2013 release 'R-Evolution' features a complete and unedited color copy of the performance.

Tracklist:
Hello, I Love You

Photographers:
Michael Montfort

Broadcasts:
09/13/1968 - ZDF - Frankfurt, DE

DANISH TELEVISION


Danish Television

RECORDING DATE: 09/18/1968
LOCATION: Gladsaxe-Byen Studios - Copenhangen, DK
PRODUCTION: Television Byen
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: 30:19
HOST: Edmont Jensen




Info:

A black and white television performance filmed during The Doors 1968 tour in Europe, and hosted by Edmont Jensen. Months before The Doors arrival in Europe, Danish Television is presented with 16mm copies of 'The Unknown Soldier' and 'Break On Through'. Although the films are rejected, the band is offered a half-hour segment to perform 'live' in the studio. The stage is a series of platforms, each represented by nationality flags of the U.S., Denmark and Sweden. No audience is present in the studio, allowing The Doors to perform a laid back set. The complete performance was released in 2002 on the 'Soundstage Performances' DVD, however the original two-minute introduction with Edmont Jensen was not included. Original broadcast date for this show is October 30, 1968. The recordings of 'Love Me Two Times' and 'Texas Radio' are included in the 1983 album 'Alive She Cried' and the 1985 video release of 'Dance On Fire'. Color photographs are also known from this performance. Click HERE to view a screenshot from the original Danish-spoken introduction with Edmont Jensen.

Tracklist:
Alabama Song > Backdoor Man > Texas Radio > Love Me Two Times > When The Music's Over > The Unknown Soldier

Photographers:
Gunter Zint

Broadcasts:
10/30/1968 - Television-Byen - Copenhagen, DK

SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR


The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

RECORDING DATE: 12/06/1968
LOCATION: CBS Television City (Stage 33) - NY
PRODUCTION: CBS
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 7:12
HOST: The Smothers Brothers




Info:

The Doors rehearse the Smother Brothers Comedy Hour television performance on the 5th of December, and record on the 6th. Filmed in color, the band performs 'Wild Child' and 'Touch Me' featuring Curtis Amy and the Smothers Brothers Orchestra. Robby is sporting a black eye during the filming, and Tom O'Neal is on site photographing the rehearsals and recording session. Broadcast on December 15th, George Carlin and The Committee are also guests on this episode. CBS cancelled this show on June 8th, 1969.

Tracklist:
Wild Child > Touch Me

Photographers:
Jasper Daily
Tom O'Neal

Broadcasts:
12/15/1968 - CBS - (Nationwide Broadcasting)

1969:

BEAT CLUB


Beat Club 1969

RECORDING DATE: 09/14/1968
LOCATION: Frankfurt Kongresshalle - DE
PRODUCTION: Radio Bremen/WDR
COLOR: B&w
LENGTH: 3:47
HOST: Dave Lee Travis




Info:

This one-hour monthly broadcast of 'Beat Club' features professional black & white performance footage of The Doors in Frankfurt, 1968. Originally broadcast on January 25th, 1969, this episode featured many artists including The Move, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Status Quo, Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon, The Gun, Jimi Hendrix and more. Filmed at the Kongresshalle on September 14th during the early and late shows, these short performance clips of 'Light My Fire' and 'Five To One' were uncensored and broadcast during the 'Beat Club News' segment of the show. Once thought to have been part of a WDR documentary, these short performance clips of The Doors in Frankfurt are well known to collectors in generated forms. Although various other groups give performances specifically for this show, The Doors are likely unaware of their inclusion in this episode.

Tracklist:
Light My Fire (Excerpt) > Five To One (Excerpt)

Broadcasts:
01/25/1969 - WDR - Frankfurt, DE

PBS CRITIQUE


PBS Critique

RECORDING DATE: 04/28-29/1969
LOCATION: PBS Studios - NY
PRODUCTION: PBS
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 56:28
HOST: Richard Goldstein




Info:

PBS Critique's color broadcast titled "A Profile of Jim Morrison and The Doors - On and Off Stage'. The performance was filmed on April 28th, and the Interview on April 29th. The panel discussion was later filmed on May 23rd. It is unknown wether or not more footage exists from this performance. Includes the only known complete live recording of 'The Soft Parade'. Frank Lisciandro, who was on site photographing the show, recalled in his book that Light My Fire was performed, although recently Frank has revealed that Light My Fire was not performed on this show. Also featured is a 10 minute interview with the band by Richard Goldstein in which Jim attempts to read from 'The Lords And New Creatures'. The panel discussion includes Richard Goldstein, Patricia Kennealy, William 'Rosko' Mercer from WNEW-FM, and Alfred G. Aronowitz. The show was originally broadcast on WNET - Channel 13 in New York, and re-broadcast on June 29.

Early broadcasts of this performance do not include the panel discussion. A clean copy of this performance exists in The Doors archive, however it may not include the panel discussion, giving reason as to why an inferior (complete) copy was used on the Soundstage Performances DVD. Portions of the cleaner footage were used on the The Doors Collection DVD.

Tracklist:
Tell All The People > Alabama Song > Backdoor Man > Wishful Sinful > Build Me A Woman > Interview > The Soft Parade

Photographers:
Frank Lisciandro

Broadcasts:
06/25/1969 - WNET (Channel 13) - New York, NY
06/29/1969 - WNET (Channel 13) - New York, NY
07/19/1969 - KCET - Los Angeles, CA
08/24/1969 - KQED - San Francisco, CA
09/07/1969 - KDIN - Des Moines, IO
01/25/1970 - KCET - Los Angeles, CA
03/10/1970 - WNET (Channel 13) - New York, NY

1970:

GTK (GET TO KNOW)


GTK (Get To Know)

RECORDING DATE: 12/xx/1970
LOCATION: The Doors Office - CA
PRODUCTION: ABC Australia
COLOR: B&W
LENGTH: 3:15
HOST: Unknown




Info:

Lost and re-discovered in 2007, this footage features a full performance of 'Crawling King Snake', shot in The Doors Elektra Office during the short-lived 'L.A. Woman' studio sessions. ABC Australia's GTK (Getting To Know) first aired on August 4th, 1969 and ran until 1974 where it was replaced by 'Countdown'. Programming was aimed at Australian youth who sought more than what local television and radio could provide. The original broadcasts were 10 minutes in length and were aired shortly before the 7:00pm ABC news Mon-Thur. This performance was originally broadcast in black & white as full-time color transmissions would not become available in Australia until March 1st, 1975. Although the master tapes have mainly been wiped, backup videotape of the entire GTK performance was discovered and released on The Doors 40th Anniversary Boxset 'Perception' and 2013's 'R-Evolution'.

Tracklist:
Crawling King Snake

Broadcasts:
(Dates Unknown) - ABC - Australia

1972:

BEAT CLUB


Old Grey Whistle Test

RECORDING DATE: 05/03/1972
LOCATION: Radio Bremen Studio 3 - Bremen, DE
PRODUCTION: Radio Bremen
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 47:56
HOST: Unknown




Info:

During their European tour in 1972, The Doors gave two televised performances without Jim Morrison, the first on the German television show 'Beat Club'. This lengthy performance was filmed in color and has been re-broadcast numerous times since it's original filming. Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger share vocal duties, and also appearing on-stage is Bobby Ray Henson on guitar and Jack Conrad on bass.

Tracklist:
Tightrope Ride > In The Eye Of The Sun > I'm Horny, I'm Stoned > Love Me Two Times > Verdilac > Ships With Sails (False Start) > Ships With Sails > Good Rockin'

Broadcasts:
05/27/1972 - Radio Bremen TV - Bremen

OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST


Old Grey Whistle Test

RECORDING DATE: 05/09/1972
LOCATION: BBC Studios - London, UK
PRODUCTION: BBC
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: Unknown
HOST: 'Whispering' Bob Harris




Info:

The Doors make their second European television appearance on BBC's 'Old Grey Whistle Test'. The original May 9th, 1972 broadcast version of the Old Grey Whistle Test performance has not turned up as of yet, however a timecoded copy of the original production footage is known to collectors. This performance also includes Bobby Ray Henson and Jack Conrad on-stage with The Doors.

Tracklist:
I'm Horny, I'm Stoned > In The Eye Of The Sun

Outtakes:
I'm Horny, I'm Stoned Take #1 - False Start > I'm Horny, I'm Stoned Take #2 > I'm Horny, I'm Stoned Take #3 > I'm Horny, I'm Stoned Take #4 > Ships With Sails Take #1 > Ships With Sails Take #2 - False Start > Ships With Sails Take #3 > In The Eye Of The Sun Take #1 > In The Eye Of The Sun Take #2

Broadcasts:
05/09/1972 - BBC - London

DICK CAVETT SHOW


Dick Cavett Show

RECORDING DATE: 08/25/1972
LOCATION: ABC Studios - New York, NY
PRODUCTION: ABC
COLOR: Yes
LENGTH: 6:40
HOST: Dick Cavett




Info:

Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger give their final television performance as The Doors on this late-night talk-styled television show. Actual footage or videotape from this performance has never surfaced, however an audio recording is known and features 'The Mosquito' and 'Good Rockin'.

Tracklist:
The Mosquito > Good Rockin'

Broadcasts:
08/25/1972 - ABC - New York