LIGHT MY FIRE – The Doors
#1 – November 25, 1967
- 3 of our astronauts die in the Apollo 1 fire.
- Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title for refusing military service.
- Thurgood Marshal becomes the first African American Supreme Court Justice.
- Shirley Temple announced she was running for congress.
- The first heart transplant is performed.
- Albert DeSalvo (The Boston Strangler) is convicted of numerous crimes and sentenced to life in prison.
- Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with the intent of future resuscitation . (The anniversary of his cryonic preservation is celebrated as "Bedford Day".)
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
- MOVIES: “The Graduate” “Bonnie & Clyde” and “Cool Hand Luke”
- T.V.: “The Flying Nun”, “The Carol Burnett Show”, “Mannix” and “Ironside”
- Turtle Neck Sweaters and mini-skirts were the popular fashions.
- Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys was indicted for being a Draft Dodger!
- 10,000 hippies gathered in Central Park and Golden Gate park for a “Be-In”.
- The American Basketball Association came into being to go up against the NBA. (It brought the 3-point line, slam-dunks and a red, white and blue ball.)
- On the Doors' debut album.
- The song is #35 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
- José Feliciano's cover version won a 1969 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, the same year he won another Grammy for Best New Artist.
- The single version was edited to just under three minutes with nearly all the instrumental break removed for airplay on AM radio.
- The Doors were asked by producer Bob Precht, of the Ed Sullivan Show to change the line "girl, we couldn't get much higher", as the sponsors were uncomfortable with the possible reference to drug-taking.The band agreed to do so, and did a rehearsal using the amended lyrics; however, during the live performance, Jim Morrison sang the original lyric. Ed Sullivan did not shake Morrison's hand as he left the stage. The band had been negotiating a seven-episode deal with the producers; however, after breaking the agreement not to perform the line, they were informed they would never be on the Sullivan show again.
- Here’s the Doors & “Light My Fire” Your #1 @ 1 from November 1967.