Earlier pressings have the title with variations on the length and punctuation of “Hello I Love You Won’t You Tell Me Your Name.” Abbreviated or not, punctuated or not, the song was written by band member Jim Morrison and released both as a single and on their 1968 album Waiting for the Sun. The song was an international success. In 1968, it went to #1 in the U.S. , sold more than one million copies, and was awarded an RIAA gold record. It also went to #1 in Canada and was the first big hit for The Doors in the U.K., going to #15. The song went to #10 in Sweden, #12 in New Zealand, and #14 in The Netherlands. The song came from one of Morrison’s poems. It was inspired when he and another Doors member Ray Manzarek watched a girl walking along the beach.
The Doors were Jim Morrison (vocals), Ray Manzarek (keyboards, backing vocals, percussion), Robby Krieger (guitar, backing vocals, percussion), and John Densmore (drums, backing vocals, and percussion). The band took their name for the Aldous Huxley book The Doors of Perception, which chronicled his experiences when taking mescaline. Aldous Huxley derived his title from the William Blake work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, where Blake wrote: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.” Building on all of that, Jim Morrison said, “there are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.” Far out.