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Riders on the Storm (single)

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Riders on the Storm is a single by The Doors from 1971 .

The single is drawn from the studio album L.A. Woman , which in 1970 included. The song is one of the most characteristic intros from the pop music of the cascading rain and the very famous intro melody and chords on the Wurlitzer by Ray Manzarek . The song was written in the key of E minor .


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Background edit ]Edit

According to The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is the song based on the song (Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend . In December 1970 Riders was recorded under the direction of a sound engineer Bruce Botnick , who eventually co- producer was. The singer of the music group Jim Morrison sang the first song and then hummed the text again, so that the echo effect was obtained. It was, according to Manzarek the last song that the band recorded with Morrison. Shortly after issuance of the single Morrison died. In the film The Doors by Oliver Stone would be seen in what mood the song is recorded. B-side was Changeling, from the same album opener; Riders was closing. The single is a highly abbreviated version of the LP track by 7:14.

Success edit ]Edit

The single was successful in the United States , the United Kingdom and Netherlands . In the Netherlands it is also the highest ranked single by The Doors in the Radio 2 Top 2000 .

Riders on the Storm was used later:

Cover Versions edit ]Edit

There are a number of other known versions, not as successful as that of the original artists:

Chart position edit ]Edit

"Riders on the Storm" in the Dutch Top 40 - within 31-07-1971
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Number 22 15 8 7 10 16 24 29 35 from
"Riders on the Storm" in the Dutch Single Top 100 - Covered: 31-07-1971
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Number 25 13 8 7 9 15 21 from

Radio 2 Top 2000 edit ]Edit

Number (s) with markings 

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

'99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13
Riders on the Storm 12 14 12 10 12 16 24 26 33 22 26 27 23 32 30

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