“L.A. Woman” is a song by American rock band the Doors. The song is the title track on their 1971 album L.A. Woman, the final album to feature Jim Morrison before his death on 3 July 1971.
In the song’s bridge, Morrison repeats the phrase “Mr. Mojo Risin’,” which is an anagram of “Jim Morrison”.
The song was recorded at The Doors Workshop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, between December 1970 and January 1971. Morrison recorded his vocal part in the bathroom of the makeshift studio due to the room’s natural reverb. Marc Benno was a second guitarist on the session; Jerry Scheff played electric bass guitar.
The 40th Anniversary edition of the album version begins with a guitar riff of “God Save the Queen”.
In 1985, 14 years after Morrison’s death, Ray Manzarek directed and Rick Schmidlin produced a music video for the song. It was aired on MTV and included in the Doors film Dance on Fire.
A yellow sheet of lined A4 paper with the lyrics of “L.A. Woman” written by Jim Morrison, was auctioned in Berkshire, UK for £13,000 on Aug 4, 2009.
Jim Morrison – vocals
Ray Manzarek – Rhodes piano, tack piano
Robby Krieger – lead guitar
Marc Benno – rhythm guitar
Jerry Scheff – bass
John Densmore – drums
The Leningrad Cowboys covered the song on their 1988 release 1917–1987.
Billy Idol covered this song on his 1990 album Charmed Life.
A Paul Oakenfold remix of “L.A. Woman” featured in episode #1.02 of Californication.
Jane’s Addiction covered the song as part of the “L.A. Medley” which also contained the songs “Nausea” by the L.A. based punk rock band X and “Lexicon Devil” from Germs.
Particle covered this song with Robby Krieger, the guitarist from the Doors, on their Transformations Live album.
World-music, rock band Days of the New covered the song for the Doors tribute album, Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors.
“Weird Al” Yankovic covered a short segment of the song on his first polka medley, “Polkas on 45”, on his second studio album, “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D.