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Opening The Doors
As we headed back to school 50 Years Ago this Month, Ed Sullivan likely sang “Come Back When You Grow Up” to bad-boy band, The Doors (#1 song by Bobby Vee in Milwaukee*).
Jim Morrison lied—or conveniently forgot his agreement—to eliminate the word “higher” in the line, “Girl we couldn’t get much higher.” (“Light My Fire”) Sounds a bit prudish these days, doesn’t it? It was serious business to Mr. Sullivan.
Morrison traded one night of self-satisfaction for a really pissed Sullivan, who banned them from the nationally popular show and cancelled the remaining six that had been scheduled.
A California gal, I’d seen The Doors in concert months before they appeared on Mr. Sullivan’s show, and knew they were destined for stardom, without much help. But that show was a hallmark of popularity for anyone fortunate to gain access to its stage.
Obviously, The Doors did what they set out to do—garner national fans. With that performance, there were many opportunities other than The Ed Sullivan Show.
Having appeared already on American Bandstand (July 22, 1967), after Sullivan, The Doors gave The Jonathan Winters Show a holiday treat (December 24th) … but TV rather ignored them from that point.
Per Wiki: “Morrison died at age 27 [July 3, 1971], the same age as several other famous rock stars in the 27 Club. In 1974, Morrison's girlfriend Pamela Courson also died at the age of 27.”
Radio didn’t ignore The Doors! “Light My Fire” was still in the top ten on a Midwest survey*, though it had waned on others. WABC/New York’s fans began pushing their new “People Are Strange” up the chart that week, mimicked by KFRC/San Francisco.
In BFYP Book 2 “The Swinging Sixties,” DJ William F. Williams talked about the merger of Rock & Roll with FM radio, during the late ‘60s. Glad to find himself at KBLA/Los Angeles: “I was seeing an awakening of what became known as ‘Sixties Music,’” William recalled. “Oh yeah, I definitely want to be in on this! I want to play the long version of ‘The End’ by The Doors, which you’re not going to hear at KHJ, KFWB, or KRLA.”
Featured Radio Survey: *A compilation survey reported song faves in Milwaukee and beyond in “Hot Happenings,” No. 38, September 18, 1967. Do you have a special memory from this month, 50 Years Ago? Perhaps the full chart will help you recall that awesome day when …
Celebrate SEPTEMBER 1967: 50 Years Ago and … Rock On!
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