Today, July 29, 2017, marks 50 years since The Doors hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Light My Fire,” one of the biggest songs from the Summer of Love, and the band’s best-selling single of all time.
Rhino commemorated that 50th anniversary with two new releases on Friday, July 28: 1) a limited edition reproduction of the original 7-inch single that was released in Japan in 1967, and 2) a new digital and streaming maxi-single with three different versions of “Light My Fire.”
Fans and radio stations worldwide are also encouraged to celebrate the anniversary this Saturday with the call to action to “PLAY ‘LIGHT MY FIRE’ AT 7:29 ON 7/29,” with the result being millions of Doors fans listening to the song simultaneously on the golden anniversary (and, if you think about it, you have two chances to do so in whatever time zone you reside). Fans can share their memory of the song with the hashtag #lightmyfire.
Limited to just 7,500 vinyl copies, the 7-inch replica single will be available for a suggested price of $7.98. The sleeve replicates the artwork that was unique to the original Japanese release and contains the original A and B sides: the mono single edit of “Light My Fire,” and the mono album version of “The Crystal Ship.”
The new digital maxi-single of “Light My Fire” will also be available as of July 28 on all digital download and streaming services. The bundle features the mono single version, the stereo album version, and a live version from the Felt Forum in New York City from January 17, 1970.
Guitarist Robby Krieger wrote most of “Light My Fire,” which also happened to be the first song he ever wrote. The track — along with the Doors’ first single “Break On Through (to the Other Side)” — helped fuel the band’s early success and made stars of vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Krieger.
Watch Robbie Krieger discuss the making of “Light My Fire” below:
Released in May 1967, “Light My Fire” was the second single from The Doors’ eponymous debut, a multiplatinum classic considered by many today to be among rock’s finest debut albums. The song entered the Billboard chart on June 3, 1967, and after a few weeks, it had climbed to the top, reaching No. 1 on July 29. Both “Light My Fire” and The Doors’ debut album have been inducted in to the Grammy Hall Of Fame, and the latter has also been added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.
“Light My Fire” will also be included in the upcoming Doors The Singles release on September 15. The collection includes every single and B-side the band released in the U.S., all gathered together for the first time. The Singles is available in a variety of physical and digital formats, including a limited edition vinyl boxed set featuring twenty 7-inch replicas of all of The Doors’ singles.