Legendary psychedelic rock band The Doors saw a huge step in their career today in 1966, when they signed to Elektra Records.

After being recommended by Arthur Lee, lead singer of the band Love, the unsigned band eventually grew on Elektra president Jac Holzman.

Up until this point, the band had unsuccessfully shopped their demo around to all the record companies in their home city of L.A., where many big record labels reside.

In August 1966, they were offered a contract to sign with Elektra, but The Doors decided to wait and hire a lawyer. At last, in November 1966, they became members of the label.

In January of 1967, The Doors released their eponymous debut album, which has gone on to cement the band’s legacy and routinely make lists of the greatest albums of all time.

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-Intern Alex