Flashback: The Doors release their debut album

The Doors © The Doors, Elektra Records [Fair Use]
The Doors © The Doors, Elektra Records [Fair Use]

It was 52 years ago today (January 4th, 1967) that The Doors released their groundbreaking and iconic self-titled debut album. The album, which hit Number Two on the Billboard 200 albums chart featured such instant classics as “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” “Soul Kitchen” “The Crystal Ship, “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar),” “The End” — and the band’s first of two chart-toppers, “Light My Fire.”

On July 29th, 1967, “Light My Fire” began its three-week run at Number One, launching the Southern California Doors internationally and immortalizing the band’s iconic frontman, Jim Morrison. Although the 2:52 single version of the track, which was edited from the 7:02 album version, was created specifically for the AM market — many stations decided to spin the full version with keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger’s sprawling solos. Upon its initial release, the Doors’ “Light My Fire” sold over a million copies and scored Elektra Records its first Number One single. When the group performed “Light My Fire” on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 17th, 1967, they were asked to change the line “girl we couldn’t get much higher.” The band agreed, but when they went onstage, Morrison went ahead and sang the line anyway. In 2017, in commemoration of its 50th anniversary, a new 45 r.p.m. single was reissued with the song’s original B-side, “The Crystal Ship.”

The song, which ended the Association’s month-long dominance of the Billboard Hot 100 with the soft pop of “Windy,” was ultimately knocked out of the top spot by the Beatles’ own classic “Summer Of Love” anthem, “All You Need Is Love.” Robby Krieger recalled how the band-credited “Light My Fire” came to be composed, telling Billboard’s Fred Bronson, “Ray had the idea for the opening, part, which was the real hook. Jim helped me out on some of the lyrics…and the beat was John (Densmore’s) idea.”

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