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Topic: The Doors on Ed Sullivan
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Jul 19, 2013 10:16PM)
Ed's Producer told the band they had to remove the word " higher" in Light My Fire and sing "better" instead, because higher sounded like a drug reference;-) Morrison, the brilliant artist he was, didn't argue and sang the song as recorded, with "higher" in the lyrics.

The Ed Sullivan Show was a Sunday night "Family Show". On September 17, 1967, millions of young girls in the United States watched The Lizard King and were sent into puberty:


You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn't get much higher

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Jul 19, 2013 10:44PM)
Reportedly, after the show, one of Sullivan's staff went into the band's dressing room and declared that they would never play the Ed Sullivan show again.

Morrison's alleged reply: "We already played the Ed Sullivan show."
Message: Posted by: balducci (Jul 19, 2013 10:51PM)

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek remembers exactly where he was when he got the word his band would be on "The Ed Sullivan Show." He was watching "The Ed Sullivan Show."

"We watched every week to see the rock 'n' roll band," Manzarek remembers. "So my wife and I are watching the show, and Ed says, 'Next week, Steve and Eydie, Topo Gigio, and a new rock group called the Doors. [The next day] we get a call from our manager telling us we're going to be on Sullivan. We said, 'We know.' "

There was a catch, though. The band was to perform its chart-topping hit, "Light My Fire," but Sullivan didn't want the word "higher" sung on the show. The demand was passed down through one of the show's producers, who met the group in the dressing room. Manzarek remembers the band publicly agreeing like choirboys.

" 'Yes, sir,' we told him," he recalls. "'Whatever you say, sir. We'll change.' [The producer] looked at Jim and said, 'You're the poet. Think of something else -- 'wire,' 'flyer.' "

Then the Doors went out and did the song exactly as they always did. Sullivan was so furious he didn't even shake their hands.

When the Doors got backstage, they learned they wouldn't be back -- ever. "The producer said, 'You promised,' and we said, 'We were so nervous, we're just boys, we've done it a thousand times, it just came out.' He looked at Morrison and said, 'Mr. Sullivan liked you boys. He wanted you on six more times. ... You'll never do the Sullivan show again.' "

To which Morrison retorted with glee, "We just did the Sullivan show."

The ban didn't hurt the Doors' career, of course. The group's albums continued to go Top 10 and they had another No. 1 single, "Hello I Love You," the next summer. But they never did appear on Sullivan again -- a distinction that has helped immortalize the Doors' appearance over that of the many acts who appeared on the show countless times.

Manzarek laughs. "We're still talking about it 35 years later," he says. "We're still doing Ed Sullivan."
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 19, 2013 10:57PM)
Reminds me of what happened years earlier when the Rolling Stones were on Sullivan to sing "Let's Spend the Night Together." Sullivan made them change it to "Let's Spend Some Time Together."

Given that every teenager in the country already knew the words to the song, it was really quite funny. And the way Jagger sang it left no doubt as to what the song meant.
But they obeyed Sullivan and went on to appear again many, many times. In fact, if Sullivan was still alive I'm sure the Stones would still be appearing on the show. They've outlasted virtually every band who ever appeared on the program.
Message: Posted by: Bob1Dog (Jul 19, 2013 11:55PM)
Then there was Tiny Tim on Carson't Tonight Show. :)
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Jul 20, 2013 12:53AM)
On 2013-07-20 00:55, Bob1Dog wrote:
Then there was Tiny Tim on Carson't Tonight Show. :)

Then there was the time Arnold Palmer won the U.S. Open in 1960.
Message: Posted by: Woland (Jul 20, 2013 06:30AM)
I really liked Topo Gigio.
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Jul 20, 2013 03:08PM)
Morrison's father, Rear Admiral George Stephen Morrison, said "I'm a very poor interpreter of his talent".

His Dad was baffled by his son's success.

The entire interview is interesting, but I cued it up at a later point;


Even though Jim Morrison is considered one of the greatest vocalists in rock music, his Dad just couldn't acknowledge it.
Message: Posted by: motown (Jul 20, 2013 11:22PM)
Heard about that quite some time ago.

I've been trying to get ahold of a dvd that features a live show they did at Cobo Hall in Detroit. I heard it was one of the best of the live shows released.
Message: Posted by: Zombie Magic (Jul 22, 2013 07:44PM)
On 2013-07-21 00:22, motown wrote:
Heard about that quite some time ago.

I've been trying to get ahold of a dvd that features a live show they did at Cobo Hall in Detroit. I heard it was one of the best of the live shows released.

Their live set from the Detroit show has some surprises. Mystery Train, for instance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiVbifkYiKw

Track listings

Disc one
Tuning - 1:37
Roadhouse Vamp - 1:31
Hello to the Cities - 1:16
Dead Cats, Dead Rats - 1:54
Break on Through (To the Other Side) - 4:45
Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) (Weill, Brecht) - 1:55
Back Door Man (Dixon) - 2:24
Five to One - 6:44
Roadhouse Blues - 6:44
You Make Me Real - 2:57
Ship of Fools - 7:23
When the Music's Over - 17:40
People Get Ready (Mayfield) - 0:36
Mystery Train (Parker, Phillips) - 7:03
Away in India - 2:07
Crossroads (Johnson) - 4:01

Disc two
Tuning - 1:59
Carol (Berry) - 1:50
Light My Fire - 19:39
Been Down So Long - 9:07
Love Hides - 1:45
Mean Mustard Blues - 3:47
Carol (Reprise) (Berry) - 0:44
Close to You (Dixon)[3] - 1:38
I'm a King Bee (Moore) - 2:37
Rock Me Baby (Crudup) / Heartbreak Hotel (Axton, Durden, Presley) - 5:40
The End - 17:35