Before I make Jim Morrison look real bad here, I'll say that this was one of The Doors best performances ever—even as short as it was. The Lizard King (and I say that for a reason) was at the top of his game with the vocals and everyone played very well. But if you watch the video (and you are not blind) you see something real obvious and may get to thinking "what the hell" (or something stronger than that), because you see Morrison in his classic black leather suit. Nothing strange there from him, but with a big fat erection sticking out of his leather jeans.
I don't know how you go out on stage with that sticking out and that is assuming you are sober. And perhaps The Lizard King wasn't and this was one of the reasons why he was The Lizard King. Because he was so out there and not just wore the black leather jeans at most of his performances. But his leathers were so skin-tight and revealing that anything that got him excited sexually was going to be seen by a lot of people and, in this case, being on Sullivan, by millions of people. And it happened to him in one of the most public places possible on Ed Sullivan on national TV on Sunday night in 1967.
The Doors - The Soft Parade (PBS 1969)
RECORDING DATE: Late July/Early August 1967
LOCATION: Leo Carrillo State Park - Malibu - CA / 9000 Building - Hollywood
PRODUCTION: Robert E. Petersen Productions
HOST: Rick Nelson
INFO: Originally shot and broadcast in color, The Doors lip sync 'Light My Fire' on an antique fire engine at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu. Known as Malibu U, this television show is hosted by Rick Nelson and lasts a total of 7 episodes. Jim Morrison does not show up for the filming, so Robby's twin brother Ron Krieger fills in with his back to the audience, never showing his face. Jim was later filmed atop the 9000 Building in West Hollywood with the sky behind him so as not to reveal the fact that he was not with the rest of the band. The exact filming dates are currently unknown. This half hour show was broadcast on August 25th and again the following day, with the very last episode of Malibu U broadcasting on September 1st.
RECORDING DATE: Exact Date Unknown - 01/30/1967
LOCATION: KTLA Studios - CA
PRODUCTION: Dick Clark & Casey Kasem Present
HOST: Casey Kasem
Info: This show normally aired on Sundays, and was off the air entirely between November 1966 and January 30th, 1967 in which The Doors are believed to have returned from New York on the same day. The Doors lip synch their first single 'Break On Through' live on the air. Partway through this performance, Jim Morrison's microphone appears to have been turned on briefly in which he can be heard mumbling the first chorus.