Touch Me – The Doors

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………..on December 28th of 1968 The Doors’ “Touch Me” is released. With a guitar intro strongly influenced by The Four Seasons’ “C’mon Marianne”, the song would reach #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 in Canada, #10 in Australia, but didn’t chart at all in the UK. Doors guitarist Robby Krieger wrote this song as “Hit Me,” based on fights he had with his girlfriend. In a rare show of restraint, Jim Morrison insisted on changing it to “Touch Me.” Many critics claimed this was a sellout, as the horn and string sections were not typical of The Doors. The band admitted they were trying to broaden their audience and achieve commercial success with this album, which they did.
The sax part was played by Curtis Amy, who was a popular session horn and flute player who got his biggest exposure playing on Carole King’s famous Tapestry album. This was released as a single seven months before the album came out.