Fifty years after it topped the charts, The Doors’ Robby Krieger recalls the "unexpected" success of "Hello, I Love You"

by ABC Radio

50th anniversary of The Doors‘ classic song “Hello, I Love You” reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Doors guitarist Robby Krieger says the success of “Hello, I Love You” was “definitely unexpected,” because fans at the time were down on the band.

The song, which was written by singer Jim Morrison, appeared on the band’s third album, 1968’s Waiting for the Sun. Around that time, Krieger recalls, fans were criticizing the Doors because they felt “When the Music’s Over,” from their second album, sounded too much like “The End” from the group’s debut.

The Doors also were accused of copying the melody of The Kinks‘ 1964 hit “All Day and All of the Night” for “Hello, I Love You,” something Krieger insists wasn’t intentional.

We never even thought of The Kinks when we came up with that [melody] line,” Robby says. “And even [Kinks frontman] Ray Davies later said, ‘There’s no way they copied that.'”

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