Australian singles chart:
Riders on the Storm entered the Kent charts on 4 October 1971 and peaked at #12. The song was #79 on the Top 100 of 1971.
The song was on LA Woman which entered the Kent album charts on 19 July 1971 and peaked at #9.
John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison
According to guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Riders on the Storm was inspired by the country song (Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend, written by Stan Jones and popularised by Vaughn Monroe. Portions of the song’s lyrics were allegedly inspired by spree killer Billy Cook, whom Morrison referenced in a 1970 interview with The Village Voice, citing Cook as an inspiration for his short film HWY: An American Pastoral.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riders_on_the_Storm
This was the last song Jim Morrison recorded. He went to France and died a few weeks later. The single was released in June 1971, shortly before Morrison’s death.
The song can be seen as an autobiographical account of Morrison’s life: he considered himself a “Rider on the storm.” The “killer on the road” is a reference to a screenplay he wrote called The Hitchhiker (An American Pastoral), where Morrison was going to play the part of a hitchhiker who goes on a murder spree. The lyrics, “Girl you gotta love your man” can be seen as a desperate plea to his long time girlfriend Pamela.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-doors/riders-on-the-storm
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