Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2022 - The Doors

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"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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Comments (8)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joseph. Never a fan of the music of the mid to late 60's and beyond, but hard not to recognize "light My Fire"! Keep them coming! Enjoy your day.

Jun 25, 2022 05:02 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

That song takes me back to my youth. 

Jun 25, 2022 05:10 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The Doors struck a nerve with me and all for the good.

Jun 25, 2022 08:17 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Light my Fire, is in my top 10 all-time. Such a classic. 

Jun 25, 2022 09:26 AM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Great song Joseph Domino 480-390-6011.  Times sure have changed.  That song is extremely tame compared to some of today's "songs". 

Jun 25, 2022 12:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Oh my gosh, Joseph- I can't even count thee number of times I've listened to this particular song and sung the lyrics. One of my favorite groups. 

Jun 25, 2022 01:45 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Hi Joe. Thanks for the trip into the Way Back Machine with the Doors. Jeff

Way Back Machine

Jun 25, 2022 01:48 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Great song "Light my fire" sung by an equally good band.

Jun 25, 2022 02:58 PM