Love Her Madly

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This article is about the song by The Doors. For the Ray Manzarek film and album, see Ray Manzarek.
"Love Her Madly"
Single by The Doors
from the album L.A. Woman
B-side "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further"
Released March 1971 (1971-03)
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre Psychedelic rock, blues rock
Length 3:20
Label Elektra
Writer(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 The Doors that was released in March 1971. Composed by guitarist Robby Krieger, it served as the lead single from L.A. Woman, their final album with frontman 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.


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

The song was used in the 1994 film Forrest Gump.

The song was covered by pianist George Winston on his album Night Divides the Day - The Music of the Doors.

The song was also covered in 1999, in a reggae/ska style, by The Long Beach Dub Allstars for their debut album, Right Back.


The B-side of the single is one of only three non-album B-sides by The Doors, the other two being "Who Scared You?" (B-side to "Wishful, Sinful") and the relatively rare "Treetrunk" (B-side to "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. The song is also included as a bonus track on the 2007 reissue of L.A. Woman.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak position
Australian Go-Set National Top 60[1] 6
The Veronica Top 40[2] 4
RPM Top 100 Singles[3] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 11
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles[5] 7

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 0^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "21 August 1971 Singles". Go-Set Magazine (Go-Set Charts, compiled by Barry McKay, at Retrieved 2010-02-29.
  2. ^ Hung, Steffen. "The Doors - Love Her Madly". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  3. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 15, No. 15, May 29 1971". RPM (Library and Archives Canada). Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  4. ^ "Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  5. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles". Cashbox Magazine, Inc. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Love Her Madly". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH