The Doors: Light My Fire

Written by Charles McKay

In category: Song of the Day

Published August 14, 2019

My journey through the 1960s continues.

Billboard’s Top Seller – “To Sir, with Love” by Don Black and Mark London and performed by Lulu

Grammy for Record & Song of the Year (1968) – “Up, Up and Away” by Jimmy Webb (songwriter) and Johnny Rivers & Marc Gordon (producers) performed by The 5th Dimension.

Grammy for Album of the Year (1968) – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, by the Beatles with George Martin (producer)

It’s been interesting to see Billboard’s Year-End Hot Top 100 Singles from year to year and this year is no exception in terms of variety. Take a look at the top 25 and the range of artists and genres!

1  “To Sir With Love” by Lulu 
2  “The Letter” by The Box Tops 
3  “Ode to Billie Joe” by Bobbie Gentry 
4  “Windy” by The Association 
5  “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees 
6  “Light My Fire” by The Doors 
7  “Somethin’ Stupid” by Frank & Nancy Sinatra 
8  “Happy Together” by The Turtles 
9  “Groovin'” by The Young Rascals 
10  “Can’t Take My Eyes off You” by Frankie Valli 
11  “Little Bit O’ Soul” by The Music Explosion 
12  “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James and the Shondells 
13  “Respect” by Aretha Franklin 
14  “I Was Made to Love Her” by Stevie Wonder 
15  “Come Back When You Grow Up” by Bobby Vee 
16  “Kind of a Drag” by The Buckinghams 
17  “Sweet Soul Music” by Arthur Conley 
18  “Expressway to Your Heart” by The Soul Survivors 
19  “Soul Man” by Sam & Dave 
20  “Never My Love” by The Association
21  “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” by Jay & the Techniques 
22  “Come on Down to My Boat” by Every Mother’s Son 
23  “Incense and Peppermints” by Strawberry Alarm Clock 
24  “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones 
25  “It Must Be Him” by Vikki Carr

So how about some contrast with a little rock and a little pop/folk?

“Light My Fire” by the American rock band The Doors, with Jim Morrison on lead vocals   Spent three weeks at #1 in July 1967.

“Georgy Girl” by Tom Springfield & Jim Dale and performed by The Seekers. Used as the title song in the 1966 film of the same name that starred Lynn Redgrave (as Georgy) receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song (it didn’t win), and in early 1967 reached #2 on the U.S. charts.

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Leading NYFOS’s administrative team, Charles McKay has a longstanding devotion to vocal music. Prior to his time with NYFOS, he enjoyed a long career at Carnegie Hall, including programming the Great Singers concert series and developing professional training residencies, including the legendary Robert Shaw Choral Workshop.


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