October 30 in Doors history

Two events three years apart on October 30 catch The Doors at the apex and nadir of their career.

October 30, 1967, The Doors eponymously titled first album and the single “Light My Fire” sell 500,000 and 1 million copies respectively. The Doors becomes not only the bands first gold record but Elektra Records first gold album as well.

October 30th, 1970,Jim Morrison was sentenced after being found guilty of the Miami obscenity charges on September 2nd. Before sentencing Morrison’s attorney Max Fink made a plea to Judge Murray Goodman for mercy. Fink’s plea was rejected by the court and Jim Morrison was sentenced to the maximum allowed by law. Sixty days of hard labor for the profanity conviction, the same for the public exposure conviction plus a fine of five hundred dollars, the sentences were to be served concurrently. Since Morrison had already filed an appeal and posted a fifty thousand dollar bond on September 2nd he would remain free pending the outcome of the appeal.

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