In 1966 Jeff Pasternak, songwriter, artist and son of legendary film producer Joe Pasternak, was strongly advised by his father not to get involved in Show Business. However, after meeting Elvis Presley on an MGM soundstage Jeff quickly forgot that advice. Months later, out for a good time at the London Fog on Hollywood's Sunset Strip, Jeff and a friend found their way to a sleazy backstreet bar and Jeff's life changed forever.
The club was almost deserted as they waited for the new band they'd come to hear. Then, around 9:00 pm Jim Morrison and The Doors strolled onto the tiny dance floor. Jeff was captivated and mesmerized. He recalls that surreal night as one of The Doors' very best performances. "I knew after I left the club that night that this was the style of music I wanted to write, and the singer I wanted to sound like."
Shortly after that evening Joe Pasternak approached Jeff, asking, "What rock and roll band would you recommend for my new movie, The Sweet Ride?" Jeff immediately told him about The Doors, whom Jeff had been following to about every gig they had around L.A. By then, Jeff says, "Their music and energy had saturated every part of my being."
In a few more weeks Jeff had convinced his friend, John Branca (to later become one of the world's top music attorneys) to experience The Doors. Two months later, Jeff and John had their own band, The Mustard Greens. "I was on top of the world," Jeff says, "co-writing original material with John and waiting for my dad to sign The Doors. Who could ask for anything more?" Unfortunately for both the film's success and music history, Joe Pasternak chose to sign Moby Grape, because they wanted $5,000 less. Shortly thereafter Light My Fire soared up the charts, racking up sales and fans. That's Show Biz
Then Jeff's rebel ways at home resulted in a one-way ticket to the sidewalks of Hollywood. "I'll never forget the family chauffeur bidding good-bye to me and my stereo on a side street one block from The Whiskey a Go Go. A few nights later inside The Whiskey, Jim Morrison was screaming at his parents on stage, and the song, The End, had me questioning my own destiny," Jeff recalls.