Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #15

The next song to go all the way to the top of the record charts in 1967 was “Light My Fire” by The Doors. It was the first number one song for the group. The Doors were formed in 1965 in Los Angeles. The group had a rocky time mostly because of Jim Morrison’s drug use. Jim died in Paris in July 1973. His death certificate says that he died from heart failure but almost everyone suspects his drug use contributed to his death. Jim was buried in Paris. The other three members of tried to continue without Jim but they ended up disbanding in 1973.

“Light My Fire” was primarily written by guitarist Robby Krieger but was credited to the entire group. It was over 7 minutes long on the group’s first album. Radio stations of that time didn’t like to play songs over 3 minutes so the producer re-cut the song by cutting out the solos in the middle of the song. On 17 Sept. 1967 the group preformed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show. Producer asked the group to change the lyrics from “girl, we couldn’t get much higher” to “girl, we couldn’t get much better.” They did change the lyrics during rehearsal but did the original lyrics during the live show. Although the group was scheduled to appear more times, after the problem with the lyrics they were banned from any other appearances.

“Light My Fire” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for just the week of July 30 – Aug 5. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it was the top song for three weeks; July 23 – Aug. 12.

The video is the shortened single version.

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