Hello I Love You – The Doors

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on August 4th of 1968 The Doors scored their second Billboard number one single with “Hello, I Love You”, a #15 hit in the UK. Jim Morrison wrote this in 1965 after seeing a beautiful woman walking on the beach. He wrote the rest of the song that night, crafting the most popular song about beachside beauty since “The Girl From Ipanema.” He also popularized a pickup line – “Hello, I love you. Won’t you tell me your name?” – that has yet to work for anyone but Jim Morrison. The Doors first recorded this song in 1965 when they put it on a six-song demo before Robby Krieger joined the band. They didn’t put it on an album until 1968, when they needed material for their third LP Waiting for the Sun. The plan was to use an extended piece based on Morrison’s poetry called “Celebration of the Lizard” for the entire first side of the album. When that didn’t work out, they looked for other material and dredged up “Hello, I Love You.” It was a good call: The song went to #1 in America, giving them their second (and last) chart-topper, following “Light My Fire.” The music is similar to The Kinks’ song “All Day And All Of The Night.” So similar, that The Doors paid royalties from the British single to The Kinks after the threat of legal action. This was the first Doors song that was successful in Europe, reaching #15 in the UK .Many fans considered this a sellout to Top 40 music. It was very radio-friendly, and not as deep or introspective as previous Doors songs.