Jim Morrison and The Doors played in Dallas 50 years ago

If you’re unaware of Dallas’ amazing rock ‘n’ roll history, act like you know.

Before digital music began taking hold in the late-1990s, every rock ‘n’ roll band had to come through Dallas because it was the hub of music distribution for the entire Southwest.

Concertgoers here could see everyone from Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles to Joan Jett and the Runaways.

Fifty years ago this month, on July 9, 1968, psychedelic rock ‘n’ rollers The Doors performed at Dallas’ Memorial Auditorium. A bootleg recording of the concert was turned into a CD in 1997, “Live at Memorial Coliseum, Dallas, July 9, 1968.”

The full concert also is available on Youtube, and it’s not too shabby.

There’s also this sick video for “Hello, I Love You,” produced using footage from that concert.

Two years later, the doors would play their penultimate concert here, at State Fair Music Hall, in December 1970.

Recordings of that show also are available on Youtube.

The Doors played their last show at The Warehouse in New Orleans on Dec. 12, 1970. Jim Morrison moved with his girlfriend to Paris the following spring, and he died there in the summer of 1971.

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