On this day: The Doors get banned from ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

American rock group The Doors appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show at the Ed Sullivan Theater, CBS Studios, in New York City, New York on September 18, 1967.
American rock group The Doors appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show at the Ed Sullivan Theater, CBS Studios, in New York City, New York on September 18, 1967.

On this day in 1967, The Doors get booted from The Ed Sullivan Show after refusing to change an offending song lyric.

In September of 1967, The Doors were one of the most exciting US rock bands on the scene. Having released their impressive self-titled debut earlier in the year, and preparing to release Strange Days at the end of the month, the band were riding a wave of success.

As a result of their growing fame, they were asked to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. One of the most important television shows of the era, the program was often the platform which exposed bands to a wider audience, turning them into household names. Needless to say, this performance was a big deal.

On September 17th, the band arrived at The Ed Sullivan Show’s New York City studios where they were set to perform “People Are Strange“ and “Light My Fire.” While rehearsals went fine, host Ed Sullivan reportedly said to the band, “You boys look great, [but] you ought to smile a little more.”

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