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Love Her Madly

"Love Her Madly" is a song by American rock band the Doors. Written by Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger it was released in March 1971 and was the first single from L.A. Woman, their final album with singer Jim Morrison. Session musician Jerry Scheff played bass guitar on the song. "Love Her Madly" became one of the highest-charting hits for the Doors; it peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and reached number three in Canada.

According to longtime Doors producer Paul A. Rothchild, "Love Her Madly" was the song that instigated his departure from the original L.A. Woman sessions, with Rothchild dismissing the song as "cocktail music."Conversely, Krieger has claimed that "Riders on the Storm" was the song to which Rothchild was referring. Following Rothchild's departure from the project, the Doors opted to self-produce the album, in association with longtime engineer Bruce Botnick.

The B-side of the single, "You Need Meat (Don't Go No Further)," is the only studio recording released by the Doors during Jim Morrison's tenure with the group to feature a lead vocal by keyboardist Ray Manzarek. It is also one of only three non-album B-sides by the Doors, the other two being "Who Scared You?" (B-side of "Wishful, Sinful") and the relatively rare post-Morrison track "Treetrunk" (B-side of "Get Up and Dance"). "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" had its first official album release on the Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine compilation and was subsequently included in the 2006 Perception box and as a bonus track on the 2007 reissue of L.A. Woman.

In 2000, Krieger, Manzarek and drummer John Densmore recorded a new version of "Love Her Madly" with Bo Diddley for the Doors tribute album Stoned Immaculate.

Personnel

  • Jim Morrisonvocals
  • Robby Kriegerguitar
  • Ray Manzarektack piano, electric organ
  • John Densmoredrums
  • Jerry Scheffbass

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