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Morrison, Jimlocked

(08 December 1943–03 July 1971)
  • Jerry Hopkins


Morrison, Jim (08 December 1943–03 July 1971), singer-composer, was born James Douglas Morrison in Melbourne, Florida, the son of Steven George Morrison, a navy officer, and Clara Clarke. Morrison, one of three children, was considered unusually intelligent by the time he attended high school, first in Alameda, California, then in Alexandria, Virginia, where his English teacher said he read “probably more than any other student in class. But everything was so offbeat I had another teacher who was going to the Library of Congress check to see if the books Jim was reporting on actually existed.” He also began writing poems, at least one of which, “Horse Latitudes,” survived to be included in one of his early recordings....

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