February 1, 1969: The Doors Release “Wishful Sinful”

Wishful Sinful Single Cover

The Doors released “Wishful Sinful” as a single on February 1st, 1969. Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is credited with writing “Wishful Sinful,” which was later released as part of the band’s “The Soft Parade” album in June 1969. The ‘B’ side of the 45 was the jazzy “Who Scared You.”

The Soft Parade” was the longest The Doors took in recording an album, starting in November ‘68 and running into June of ‘69. The album was marked by the use of brass and stringed instruments, a move that many felt watered down the sound of The Doors. The long gestation period of “The Soft Parade” was due to several different elements coming together: a lack of new material, Jim Morrison’s waning interest in the recording process, his increasing drinking, and producer Paul Rothchild’s perfectionism in wanting multiple takes of every song. “The Soft Parade” was also notable because it marked the first time The Doors listed individual writing credits on an album.

“Wishful Sinful” rose to 44 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 chart.

Also on this date, The Doors are offered $500,000 by Universal to be in an undisclosed film project. They reject the offer, but remain open for future negotiations.

Originally published February 1, 2012.

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