‘Hello, I Love You’

The backstory of the song.

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‘Hello, I Love You’
49 years ago, The Doors started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Hello I Love You.' The song was featured on their 1968 album ‘Waiting for the Sun.’ It was released as a single that same year, reaching #1 in the United States and selling over a million copies in the U.S. alone. The single also became the band's first big UK hit, peaking at number fifteen on the chart.
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Ray Manzarek reports that Jim Morrison wrote the song after seeing a girl on the Venice Beach boardwalk and he tried to pick her up by saying ‘hello, I love you’ as she passed. The song was recorded at Pacific Sound studios when the nascent Doors recorded a demo in early September of 1965, and then the song seems to have been forgotten.
While the band was recording their third album, ‘Waiting For The Sun,' Morrison's drinking was making work impossible. Drummer John Densmore threatened to quit the Doors and the rest of the band decided to look through some of Morrison's old poems in an effort to calm him down. 'Hello, I Love You' wasn’t used on either of The Doors’ first two albums and wasn’t planned on being part of the third album.

Suddenly needing material to fill out the album, the band dug back into earlier material such as ‘Wintertime Love’ and ‘Summer’s Almost Gone,’ yet 'Hello, I Love You' was still forgotten. Then 10-year-old Adam Holzman, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman’s son, remembered it from the demo and told his father it would be a hit song. The single of ‘Hello, I Love You’ with a B side of ‘Love Street’ was released in 1968 and started climbing Billboard’s Hot 100 charts and soon hit #1 in the country.

At the time this 1968 single was released, stereo 45 rpm records were generally unknown — especially in the Top 40 format. This recording by the Doors was promoted as the first rock 45 rpm record in stereo. It includes a long musical sweep about 1:20 into the song, starting at the left channel and panning across into the right channel.

The musical structure of the song is very similar to The Kinks' song 'All Day And All Of The Night.'

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But in the liner notes to 'The Doors Box Set,' Robby Krieger has denied the allegations that the song was stolen from Ray Davies. Instead, Krieger said the song's vibe was taken from Cream's song 'Sunshine of Your Love.' But Davies has continued to assert that the Doors' song was based on his.
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In a 2012 interview with Mojo magazine, Ray Davies said:

‘The funniest thing was when my publisher came to me on tour and said The Doors had used the riff for 'All Day And All Of The Night' for 'Hello, I Love You.' I said rather than sue them, can't we just get them to own up? My publisher said, 'They have, that's why we should sue them!' (laughs) Jim Morrison admitted it, which to me was the most important thing. The most important thing, actually, is to take the idea somewhere else.’

In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Davies suggested that an out-of-court settlement had been reached with the Doors.

The song has been covered by Oleander, Buddy Rich, Missing Persons, The Cure, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Anal Cunt, Neil Young, Adam Ant, Adam Freeland, Siouxsie Sioux, Kiyoharu, the Lithuanian postmodernist rock band Antis, and the Persian alternative singer Mohsen Namjoo. Also, a hip hop artist Necro mixed and released this tune as 'You Ho.'

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The only other charting version of the song came in 2010 when a version by the cast of the TV series Glee went to #66.
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8 comments sorted by best / new / date

    The Doors have like a solid 70% of amazing material, and then the rest sounds like circus music.
    I guess that's what drugs do to you. Just let's not mention those 30% and we have one of the best bands ever. I love them so much <3
    But you see it, too? I absolutely love them overall, I just hate having to reconcile with Morrison's downfall. My buddy hates them, but was given a guitar by Robbie Krieger at some event because he's a guitar prodigy. It's like anti-karma or something.
    I was a kid heavily into hip-hop. Somewhere my dad picked up the doors movie and I just fell in love with the soundtrack. It was completely different than wu-tang and the other early 90's stuff I was into at that age, about 8 or 9 years old. They blew me away. Never been the same since.  Didn't think about playing music yet but my doors of musical perception had been opened wide. 
    MurphySanders7 · Aug 03, 2017 04:53 PM
    Door-related technology really took off after 1971, yes. Our doors are simply lighter, more resilient, smarter, easier to use. They get you through a wall like there's no tomorrow, that's for sure. Not like those OLD doors, bless 'em. The band, on the other hand...