Let My Love Open the Door
|"Let My Love Open the Door"|
|Single by Pete Townshend|
|from the album Empty Glass|
|Released||June 4, 1980 (US)|
|Pete Townshend UK singles chronology|
|Pete Townshend US singles chronology|
"Let My Love Open the Door" is a song written and performed by Pete Townshend from his 1980 album Empty Glass. It reached the top ten in the United States in that same year, reaching number nine. It reached number five in Canada.
"Let My Love Open the Door" was released as the second single from Empty Glass in Britain, where it was backed with the non-album tracks "Classified" and "Greyhound Girl." The song was a minor British hit, reaching number 46. The song saw more success when it was released as the debut single from Empty Glass in America, where the song reached number nine. It was Pete Townshend's only solo top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but The Who's song "I Can See for Miles," which was written by Townshend, reached the same position on the chart 13 years earlier.
Initially, Townshend's manager despised the track due to it "not sounding like Townshend," and wanted it to be removed from Empty Glass. However, upon the song's chart success, his manager called to apologize.
Despite the song's critical and commercial success, Pete Townshend did not consider it one of his best songs. He told Rolling Stone in an interview that "Let My Love Open the Door" was "just a ditty," also claiming that he preferred his minor U.S. hit "A Little Is Enough" from the same album.
In 1996, Townshend released a new version of the song, called "the E. Cola mix", turning the song into a ballad. This version appeared in different television shows and film soundtracks.
- Pete Townshend: vocals, guitars, synthesizers
- John "Rabbit" Bundrick: keyboards
- Simon Phillips: drums
- Tony Butler: bass guitar
- Ted Jensen: mastering engineer
- A version of this song by Luminate appears on The Covers EP.
- Natalie Imbruglia covered the song on her album Male released in 2015.
- Great Big Sea covered the song on their 2012 album XX.
- Roger Daltrey covered the song in 2015 for a campaign involving Teen Cancer America and First Citizens Bank. A full version was released in February 2016, with all proceeds going to Teen Cancer America.
- Christian rock group Audio Adrenaline covered the song on their 1999 album Underdog.
The song has been used frequently in film, most notably the comedy genre, often as trailer music for Jerry Maguire and How Do You Know. It has been featured in closing credits song for Mr. Deeds, Look Who's Talking, Jersey Girl, Along Came Polly, Red Dog and Old Dogs. In Dan in Real Life, the song is performed by Steve Carell and Dane Cook in addition to being covered by Sondre Lerche for the film's soundtrack.
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- "Help us open the door to better cancer care | #LetMyLoveOpenTheDoor". Firstcitizens.com. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
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