On this day (July 29) in 1967, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Doors[/lastfm]‘ hit “Light My Fire” made it to Number 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 3 consecutive weeks.
The song comes from the the bands self-titled debut album and was released as a single in April. Robby Krieger wrote most of the lyrics for the song but it was credited to the whole band on the album. The song is 7 minutes long but it was cut down to only 2:52 for it to be played on the radio.
The Doors formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek. John Densmore joined the band in August of 65 and recruited Robby Krieger to join the band. By 1966, the group became the house band for the Whiskey A Go Go where they opened for groups like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Van Morrison[/lastfm]‘s Them. In August of 1966, the band is seen playing by Jac Holzman of Elektra Records and he decides to sign them. The band released their self titled debut album in January of 1967. “Break On Through” was the album’s first single, but it wasn’t until “Light My Fire” was released that the album got attention. The album made it to number 2 on the Billboard in September of 1967 and went multi-platinum.
The bands second album Strange Days was released in September of 1967 and did make it to number 3 on the Billboard charts but it did not do as well as their previous album. After that the band released four more albums all with moderate success. Their last album with Jim Morrison was L.A. Woman and it was considered to be the bands comeback album.
Jim Morrison died on July 3rd, 1971 in Paris, France at the age of 27 before the band was album to make that full comeback. The band released two albums after Morrisons death but neither of which were successful. In 1973, they officially disbanded, and in 1978. the band released an album called An American Prayer which consisted of Morrison’ s poetry backed with music that the remaining members recorded.
Manzarek and Krieger continue to play The Doors music live as a duo, as well as release their own solo music. The two traveled to Paris earlier this month to pay homage to Morrison on the 40th anniversary of his death. John Densmore was recently at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to induct Jac Holzman into the Hall of Fame.