"Hello, I Love You
" is a song by The Doors
from their 1968 album Waiting for the Sun
. It was released as a single that same year, reaching number one 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.
This was one of the six songs performed by The Doors
on the demo for Aura Records in 1965.
Sometimes the title is listed as "Hello, I Love You (Won't You Tell Me Your Name?)" or "Hello, I Love You, Won't You Tell Me Your Name?". The title that is printed depends on how early of a pressing the record is.
Allegations of plagiarism
In the liner notes to The Doors Box set, Robby Krieger has denied the allegations that the song's musical structure was stolen from Ray Davies
, where a riff similar to it is featured in the Kinks
"All Day and All of the Night
". Instead, he said the song's vibe was taken from Cream
's song "Sunshine of Your Love
Real life influences
The last verse was written by Jim Morrison three years prior to the album recordings, while he was observing an attractive African American
girl at Venice Beach
<blockquote>"Sidewalk crouches at her feet<br />Like a dog that begs for something sweet.<br />Do you hope to make her see you, fool?<br... Read More