Robby Krieger: The Doors stole from Cream not The Kinks for ‘Hello, I Love You’

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Although the legend goes that Jim Morrison and the Doors cribbed the melody for “Hello, I Love You” from the Kinks’ 1964 classic “All Day And All Of The Night,” guitarist Robby Krieger maintains the influence came elsewhere. In commemoration of “Hello, I Love You” topping the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks beginning on August 3rd, 1968, the band has issued a new seven-inch version of the single with its B-side “Love Street.” On September 14th the band will release the deluxe Waiting For The Sun – 50th Anniversary edition.

Robby Krieger, who co-wrote “Hello, I Love You,” recalled to us that the biggest influence for the sound of the song came not from the Kinks—but from Cream: “The cool thing was the drumbeat. When we started, John (Densmore) was just kind of playing straight through that—the verse part, y’know, (sings) ‘Hello, I love you won’t you (sings).’ So, I had the idea of stealing the drum pattern from (Cream’s) ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’—y’know, where Ginger Baker does the tom-toms on the off-beats. And that, I think, really made the song. Y’know, people think we stole that song from the Kinks, but…y’know, ‘All Day And All Of The Night’—but, in reality we stole it from ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ from the drum part.”

According to a recent Ray Davies interview with Rolling Stone, due to the similarity in the melody, between “All Day And All Of The Night” and “Hello, I Love You,” a financial settlement was worked out between both band’s publishers.

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