Clips & Pix: The Doors/Riders on the Storm

My area of Central New Jersey was hit by tropical storm Isaias this afternoon. We got a good deal of fallen tree branches around my property and had a few near misses, but fortunately, nobody got hurt and we didn’t encounter significant damage either. We’re also not among the two million folks in the area who lost electricity, so it’s a happy outcome.

After being exposed to howling wind for a few hours, perhaps it’s not surprising that storm was on my mind. So I cleverly thought I feature one of my favorite storm songs: Riders on the Storm by The Doors.

Credited to all four members of the band, John Densmore (drums), Robby Krieger (guitar), Ray Manzarek (keyboards) and Jim Morrison (vocals), the tune first appeared on their sixth studio album L.A. Woman from April 1971. A shortened version was also released separately as the record’s second single in June of the same year.

Riders on the Storm charted in many countries – hard to imagine from today’s dismal chart perspective! In the U.S. and the UK, the song reached no. 14 and no. 22, respectively. It topped the charts in France. The tune also did well in Canada and the Netherlands where it climbed to no. 7.

Not even a month after the single had come out, Jim Morrison passed away on July 3, 1971 in Paris, France at the age of 27. While the official cause of death was listed as heart failure, there were reports he actually died from an overdose of heroin.

Sources: Wikipedia; YouTube

7 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: The Doors/Riders on the Storm”

  1. Glad you and your family are alright! I watched that on the news.
    Great song to mark the occasion…
    That was one of their best albums to me.

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      1. I know what you mean Christian. We live in the middle of 3 acres and have huge trees around us also. We have an A frame and our bedroom is in the upstairs…I see those trees sway and I get nervous…

        I know where you are coming from!

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    1. I dig it as well. While I can’t say I love each and every of their tunes I’ve heard, The Doors definitely had some great songs. It probably won’t surprise you much that I really like Ray Manzarek’s keyboard playing!

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      1. No, no at all. That said, while I dig their music, I thought of them more as a good band with good songs as opposed to musicians whose playing I admired. Krueger is a good guitarist but not somebody who inspired me.

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