Here’s a great video for Doors fans, particularly if you are a Ray Manzarek fan. Ray tells the story behind the writing of “Riders on the Storm”. With it’s haunting bass line and rain effects, “Riders on the Storm” was inspired by a cowboy song, “Riders in the Sky” written by Stan Jones in 1948. “Riders in the Sky” was covered by a variety of musicians, ranging from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash to Deborah Harry, but it was Vaughn Monroe’s version that initially caught Door’s guitarist Robby Krieger’s ear. It is clear that in, “Riders on the Storm” Jim Morrison tried to mimic Vaughn Monroe’s haunting singing style. Very cool how The Doors took a cowboy song, moved it to E minor, spun in some jazz and turned it into one of their signature masterpieces.
Ray Manzarek is currently ranked 11th on our list of Greatest Rock Piano Players. Who is your favorite rock keyboard player? Which is your favorite piano song?