Rock Chronology #211: Love Her Madly

“Love Her Madly”, The Doors, 1971.

The Doors became a huge break out success in 1967, but none of the albums that followed really had that same level of success. That all changed in 1971 when they released their L.A. Woman album. The album has sold over 14 million albums to date making it their best selling album since their debut album (which has sold over 17 million). Unfortunately this would be Jim Morrison’s last. He died three months after the album’s release.

In 1971 you can still feel some of the last vestiges of the 60’s vibe. Both the Doors and Janis Joplin went out like lions in 1971, but this would really mark the end almost all of the big names you might think of being associated with the 60’s: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and Janis Joplin were all gone. (On the other hand The Rolling Stones stayed around to make music for decades.)

“Love Her Madly” was the first single off of L.A. Woman, and it peaked at #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album L.A. Woman only peaked at #9 in the US, but of course it has found many fans throughout the decades considering it has sold over 14 million worldwide to date.

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