Jim Morrison*****American singer and songwriter, born in Melbourne, Florida, and educated at the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1966, he formed a group called the Doors with Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robbie Krieger. The group became known for its extravagant performing style, combining sensual movements and a hard-hitting sound, amplified to huge proportions. Morrison and other group members also had a reputation for using drugs. After a 1969 performance in Miami, obscenity accusations led ten concert organizers to cancel scheduled dates; although the Miami case was dropped, the group never lost its reputation for obscenity. Eventually Morrison took a vacation in France in order to rethink the course his life was taking. He died there of a drug overdose.