To win those Fireworks Spectacular/Hall & Oates tickets for The Hollywood Bowl it’s caller #7 when you hear “Light My Fire” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Doors[/lastfm] between two and three.
It’s The Doors’ signature song released during the time they were an underground band here in L.A. They didn’t remain underground for very long, the song topped the chart for the first three weeks in July 1967.
Most of the lyrics were written by Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger. He wrote about the elements: fire, air, earth, and water. Morrison wrote some of the second verse, and Ray Manzarek came up with the organ intro.
The Doors sold the recording rights to Jose Feliciano, whose Latin-tinged version reached #3 in 1968 and won a Grammy.
Buick offered The Doors $100,000 to use the song in a commercial as “Come on Buick, light my fire.” With Jim Morrison away, Krieger, Densmore, and Manzarek agreed. When Morrison found out he pitched a fit and killed the deal.
Back in the day The Doors played regularly at the Whisky A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.
Good luck…be ready to call 1-800-232-KRTH (5784)!