In July of 1965, Jim Morrison bumped into a former fellow UCLA film student Ray Manzarek on Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Ray was in a band called “Rick and the Ravens” with his brothers when Morrison mentioned he was writing lyrics. With much coaxing, Ray had Jim sing one of them for him. That song was “Moonlight Drive” and it was not long after that the two formed a band with John Densmore (a drummer for The Psychedelic Rangers) and musicians from the Rangers and bass player Pat Sullivan and cut a six-song demo. Shortly after, they hired on Robby Krieger as lead guitarist.