The Doors – “Morrison Hotel” Album Cover
Morrison Hotel – Front cover: 1246 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA.
Morrison Hotel – Back cover: Original Hard Rock Cafe, 300 E 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA.
The cover of The Door’s 1970 album, Morrison Hotel, was shot by photographer Henry Diltz through the window of this transient hotel in Los Angeles. The location was ‘discovered’ by Ray Manzarek and his wife a few days before the shoot. 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. Today the hotel sits vacant and is near the Staples Center.
After the photo shoot, the group traveled north to get a beer and came across a bar called the Hard Rock Café. A photo of the bar would serve as the back album cover and a few years later a restaurant chain would take it’s name from this album.