Chart Position: 14

  • Lead vocals: Jim Morrison
  • Written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore
  • Keyboards: Ray Manzarek
  • Produced by Bruce Botnick, Doors and Joey Levine
  • This song is loosely based on killer Billy Cook, who posed as a hitchhiker and murdered an entire family in 1950
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • This is The Doors’ last hit single
  • Morrison’s lead vocals were doubled with a whispered vocal
  • Jim Morrison died of a heart attack in Paris France the day this song began its chart run
  • Morrison’s widow Pam died in 1974 apparently from a heroine overdose
  • John Densmore’s biography is named Riders On the Storm
  • Later recorded by Annabel Lamb (1983), Creed (2000), Dancing Fantasy (2000), George Winston (2002), String Quartet (2005), Nils Landgren (2001) and Esra Mohawk (2002)

 

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