On August 30, 1973, after 2 years and 2 albums without deceased frontman Jim Morrison, the surviving members of the Doors decided to call it quits.
The move represented a reversal for remaining Doors John Densmore, Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek, who’d elected to carry forward as a trio following Morrison’s death on July 3, 1971.
In October of that year, the reconfigured band released Other Voices, recorded with Krieger and Manzarek sharing lead vocal duties.
And a year later they had another go with the eighth studio LP, Full Circle, released on July 17, 1972.
While neither post-Morrison record could rightly be considered a flop — Other Voices peaked at No. 31 on Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums chart, while Full Circle got as high as No. 68 — neither captured the public’s attention the way the band’s music did when Morrison was at the helm.
In fact, the band’s profile had decreased so markedly that its breakup was merely mentioned in passing in the pages of Rolling Stone.