The fifth studio album by American rock band the Doors, released February 9, 1970 by Elektra Records. The album’s cover of Morrison Hotel was shot by photographer Henry Diltz through the window of this transient hotel in Los Angeles back in December of 1969. The location was ‘discovered’ by Ray Manzarek and his wife a few days before the shoot.

Morrison Hotel Studio album by the Doors / Image source

When the group returned with Diltz and approached the desk clerk about taking photos inside the building, they were turned down. So Diltz took several shots of the group outside the building. Eventually the clerk took a break and the group was able to sneak in and take their places inside the window for what would end up as the album cover.

The former Morrison Hotel, 1246 South Hope St, Los Angeles / Image source

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