Chart Position: 1

  • #6 bestseller for 1967
  • #35 on Rolling Stone magazines List of 500 greatest songs
  • #52 on Recording Industry of America’s ‘Songs of the Century’
  • Written by Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger
  • Lead vocals: Jim Morrison
  • Keyboards: Ray Manzarek
  • Guitar: Robby Krieger
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Produced by Paul Rothshild
  • Jim Morrison was told prior to The Doors performing this song on CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 that he should sing the line ‘Girl we couldn’t get much higher’ as something less controversial; Morrison did not do that and a furious Ed Sullivan banned the band from any future appearances on his show
  • Ray Manzarek played a bass line on a Fender Rhodes keyboard with his left hand and a lead line on a Vox Continental keyboard with his right hand during the instrumental break
  • The instrumental break is heavily reduced on the single version so that the song would be radio-friendly at less than 3 minutes
  • The band’s name is taken from novelist Aldous Huxley’s ‘The Doors of Perception’
  • Doors are from Los Angeles CA
  • Also recorded by Mops (1968), Lettermen (1969), Africa (1968), Boz (1968), Spanky Wilson (1968), Challengers (1968), B.J. Thomas (1968), Chet Atkins (1968), Clarence Carter (1969), Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (1969), Trini Lopez and Ventures (1969), Four Tops (1969), Jackie Wilson (1969), Erma Franklin (1969), Young-Holt Unlimited (1969), Friends of Distinction (1969), Nancy Sinatra (1969), Julie London (1969), Birth Control (1970), Ananda Shankar (1970), Shirley Bassey (1970), El Chicano (1970), Salena Jones (1971), Al Green (1971), Mae West (1972), Astrud Gilberto (1970), Mae West (1972), Isaac Hayes (1973), Joy Fleming (1974), Lipstique (1978), Baccara (1978), Carol Douglas (1978), Minnie Ripperton (1979), Amii Stewart (1979), Charlie Harper (1981), RPM (1986), Peter Pan Band (1986), Del Rubio Triplets (1988), Massive Attack (1994), Amorphis (1994), Dread Zeppelin (1996), Episode Six (1997), Patricia Barber (1998), Victoria Abril (1998), Train (2000), Bobs (2000), Deborah Ostrega (1999), Claire Sweeney (2002), George Winston (2002), Nekromantix (2003), UB40 (2000), String Quartet (2005), Sylvain Luc (2006), Patron Saints (2008), Jailbirds (2007), Exilio (2008), Lisa Wahlandt (2010) and many more

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