On Jan. 14 the GRAMMY Museum hosted the Doors' Robby Krieger as part of its An Evening With series to discuss his first solo album in 10 years, Singularity.
Before an intimate audience of 200, Krieger discussed meeting the Doors' Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison for the first time, playing in his first band and creating Singularity with co-producer Arthur Barrow. Krieger also performed a brief set, including "Let It Slide."
"We formed a group called the Psychedelic Rangers," said Krieger on his first experience playing in a band. "It wasn't a real group because we never played anywhere, but we'd get together and jam."
Born in Los Angeles, Krieger met drummer John Densmore, Manzarek and Morrison while studying physics and Indian music at UCLA. The quartet formed the Doors, signing with Elektra Records and releasing their self-titled debut in 1967. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the No. 1 hit "Light My Fire." The group continued to achieve several Top 10 albums, including Strange Days (1967), Waiting For The Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), and L.A. Woman (1971). The latter album proved to be the Doors' final release before Morrison's death in 1971.
Krieger released his debut solo album, Robby Kreiger & Friends, in 1977. He earned his first GRAMMY nomination at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Singularity, a 10-track instrumental jazz-fusion album. Krieger has received GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductions with the Doors for the band's self-titled debut album, "Riders On The Storm" and "Light My Fire," a song that has also been recorded by the likes of Shirley Bassey, José Feliciano and Stevie Wonder.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Musical Explorations: G. Love (April 9), An Evening With Henry Butler (April 11) and An Introduction To Hip-Hop (April 12).
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