Love Her Madly

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"Love Her Madly"
Single by The Doors
from the album L.A. Woman
B-side"(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further"
ReleasedMarch 1971 (1971-03)
Format7" 45 RPM
GenrePsychedelic rock, blues rock
Songwriter(s)Robby Krieger
Producer(s)Bruce Botnick, The Doors
The Doors singles chronology
"Roadhouse Blues"
"Love Her Madly"
"Riders on the Storm"

"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 and TCB Band member Jerry Scheff played bass guitar on the song. "Love Her Madly" became one of the highest-charting hits for the Doors; it peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and reached No. 3 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."[1][2] Conversely, Krieger has claimed that "Riders on the Storm" was the song to which Rothchild was referring.[3][4] 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.[5] 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").[6] "(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.

In popular culture[edit]

The song appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, as well as on its subsequent soundtrack release.

The song was covered in 1999, in a reggae/ska style, by The Long Beach Dub Allstars for their debut album, Right Back, and was covered by pianist George Winston on his 2002 album Night Divides the Day - The Music of the Doors.


Chart history[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak position
Australian Go-Set National Top 60[7] 6
Netherlands[8] 4
Canada RPM Top 100 Singles[9] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 11
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening[11] 29
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles[12] 7


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  9. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 15, No. 15, May 29 1971". RPM (Library and Archives Canada). Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  10. ^ "Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 75.
  12. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles". Cashbox Magazine, Inc. Retrieved 2010-02-28.