On March 1, 1969, Jim Morrison and the Doors performed one of the most talked about concerts in the history of rock music at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami where he allegedly exposed himself to the crowd. Almost 18 months later Morrison was in court fighting back against charges of indecency and on Sept 20, 1970, he was formally sentenced by the court for the act.
The crux of the case hinged on whether or not Morrison actually revealed his genitalia to the 10,000 people in attendance that night. Whether or not he did was a sticking point between the defense and the prosecution at the time, and Doors fans for the many decades since. The group’s guitarist Robby Krieger has been quick to point out that there are no pictures at all to validate the claim, despite the fact that nearly 500 photos were entered into the record as evidence during the trial. But accounts from those who were present for the show tell a different tale.
But, check this out, it was on this day, Sept. 20, 1970, that Morrison was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971.
Lastly, since Morrison never served his sentence, we’ll never know what his “Hard labor” might have been, but in as late as 1968, there is evidence of Chain gangs, work farms and sweat box’s throughout Florida and the Southern U.S.
Meanwhile, check out this clip of “The lewd night in question” back in 1969
What do you think? Did you ever see The Doors? Did Jim ever whip it out?
”People ARE Strange”