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Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 July 3, 1971) best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors. Because of his songwriting, wild personality, performances, and the dramatic circumstances surrounding his life and death, he is regarded by critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock music history. In the later part of the 20th century, he was one of the popular culture's most rebellious and oft-displayed icons, representing the generation gap and youth counterculture. He was also well known for improvising spoken word poetry passages while the band played live. Morrison was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", and number 22 on Classic Rock magazine's "50 Greatest Singers In Rock". Ray Manzarek said Morrison "embodied hippie counterculture rebellion". Morrison was sometimes referred to by other monikers, such as "Lizard King" and "King of Orgasmic Rock". Morrison developed an alcohol dependency during the 1960s. He died at the age of 27 in Paris, apparently from an accidental heroin overdose. No autopsy was performed, and the exact cause of Morrison's death is still disputed. Morrison is interred at Père Lachaise Cemetery in eastern Paris. (AP Photo)

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Jim Morrison was raised a military brat, Morrison's family moved often. He spent part of his childhood in San Diego. He completed third grade at the Fairfax County Elementary School Fairfax County, Virginia. His father was stationed at NAS Kingsville in 1952, he attended Charles H. Flato Elementary School in Kingsville, Texas. He continued at St. John's Methodist School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then Longfellow School Sixth Grade Graduation Program from San Diego, California. In 1957, Morrison attended Alameda High School in Alameda, California. He graduated from George Washington High School, now George Washington Middle School, in Alexandria, Virginia in June 1961. (AP Photo)

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Jim Morrison 1943-1972 - the Doors frontman died at the age of 27 in Paris, allegedly of a heroin overdose. No autopsy was performed, and the exact cause of Morrison's death is still disputed. His grave in Paris is a shrine to him, visited daily by numerous fans. (AP Photo/file)

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** FILE ** Two former members of the Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek (right) and guitarist Robby Krieger, light candles at the grave of Jim Morrison at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Morrison, the legendary lead singer of the rock band, died in Paris on July 2, 1971. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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** FILE ** Two former members of the Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek (right) and guitarist Robby Krieger, light candles at the grave of Jim Morrison at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Morrison, the legendary lead singer of the rock band, died in Paris on July 2, 1971. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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From left; Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Buddy Holly (Photos: Associated Press)

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Cabinet member Alex Sink speaks about the pardoning of the late rock star Jim Morrison on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 in Tallahassee, Fla.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon)