The Day The Doors Couldn't Get Much Higher
But, the band and Elektra president Jac Holzman wanted to put out another single in the spring. Everyone seemed to think "Light My Fire" had hit potential. It was the first song guitarist Robby Krieger had ever written. Reportedly, Krieger was trying to write something about one of the elements (fire, air, water, earth). Frontman Jim Morrison assisted a bit on the second verse and organ player Ray Manzarek came up with the distinctive organ intro.
"Light My Fire" looked like a lock for the next single, except there was one problem – it was nearly seven minutes long. In 1967, a seven-minute pop hit was still unheard of; "Hey Jude" and "MacArthur Park" were still a year away. There was no way Elektra was going to sign off on a single with an extended instrumental break of organ and guitar solos. more on this story
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