It is the 50th anniversary for one of our most iconic 1960s songs. The single, “Light My Fire” by the Doors, spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July/August of 1967.
The writing credit goes to the band.
Jim Morrison was the lead singer. The Doors performed at The Matrix Club in San Francisco in the spring and returned to play Winterland later in 1967. On September 17, the band performed on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” The producer asked the band to change their lyrics so as not to reference drugs. They were supposed to replace the word “higher” with the word “better.” Morrison performed the lyric as he always had. It is still a mystery if this was an honest mistake or that he was not about to change the song he was used to singing.
Morrison was a poet and an alcoholic. He died in 1971 at 27 years old. Here is a clip with his sister and his Admiral in the US Navy father reflecting on Jim Morrision’s life.