"Light My Fire" is a song by the American rock band The Doors. It was recorded in August 1966 and released in January 1967 on their debut album.
It was later released as a single in April, where it spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and one week on the Cash Box Top 100, nearly a year after its recording.
A cover version of the song was recorded by José Feliciano which peaked at number three on the Billboard chart. After Feliciano’s success, The Doors recording re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 a second time where it again peaked at number 87.
The song was written by the band's guitarist, Robby Krieger, but was credited to the entire band.
The Doors appeared on popular TV shows, like American Bandstand, where the band mimed the words to a playback of the single. However, in 1967 The Doors were asked to perform "Light My Fire" live on The Ed Sullivan Show. In those days, The Ed Sullivan Show was the ticket to success.
According to people in the band, Sullivan’s producer asked them to change the words "girl, we couldn't get much higher", as the sponsors were uncomfortable with the reference to drug usage. They agreed, and in rehearsal used the lyric, "girl, we couldn't get much better". But Morrison, being Morrison sang the original lyrics during the live performance.
The gaff so angered Ed Sullivan he refused to shake Jim Morrison's hand after the performance. Sullivan’s producers were planning to have the band return but after violating the agreement not to perform the offending line, they were told they would never perform on the show again.
Morrison's response was "Hey man. We just did the Sullivan show."
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