The Man Who Walked Away From Replacing Jim Morrison in The Doors

Imagine that The Doors were interested in hiring you to replace Jim Morrison soon after his death and as you were about to meet the band members in the recording studio but you turned around and walked away from the opportunity. That's just what happened to P.J. Proby.

Finding Zoso recently conducted an extensive interview with P.J. Proby who recalls his experiences with The Beatles, The Who, Elvis, John Lennon and even having Led Zeppelin as his backing band. During the exchange, Proby confirms the rumor that he was approached to fill Morrison's shoes in The Doors. Here is what he had to say:

"Yeah I was asked to do that. I got as far as the recording studio. I was to meet everybody down in the recording studio and luckily the red light was on which meant don't enter, they're recording. In the time it took for the red light to go out, I realized that I could never ever fill Jim Morrison's shoes. I could never do a show where I go out there and pull my doo-da out or take my pants off onstage.

"I know I already had the reputation for being wild over here with the ripped pants and everything, but Morrison went all the way and I couldn't do that. So what I did was when the red light went out I thought to myself, 'You can never replace that son of a gun,' and I got in my car and drove off."

Read the full interview to find out how Zeppelin became his backing band and more wild rock and roll tales here.


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