The American Blues record Morrison Hotel by The Doors is one of my favorite. It is a sunny day, the fifth of July, one day after the 237th birthday of The United States, and while sitting at my front door people pass by. This ain’t the Mississippi or Los Angeles, but music brings you there, while enjoying the sun, through Lightning Hopkins sunglasses. this Blues Blog is about Morrison Hotel.
Although Jim and Ray aren’t real bluesmen, and The Doors play more experimental, blues, rock with at some point a voodoo flavor over the music. I like it.
Yeah, we’re goin’ to the Roadhouse, We’re gonna have a real, Good time. The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near.
You gotta roll, roll, roll
You gotta thrill my soul, all right
Roll, roll, roll, roll
Thrill my soul
You gotta beep a gunk a chucha
Honk konk konk
You gotta each you puna
Each ya bop a luba
Each yall bump a kechonk
Ease sum konk
Roadhouse Blues my favorite The Doors song, but on this track the Piano played by Ray Manzarek feels like a Little Willy Littlefield piano tune, that boogie woogie feel. Just like that.
Morisson Hotel is not only a historical album for it’s music. The backcover was the inspiration for a worldwide brand of Hardrock Cafés. I read this article about Henry Diltz the photographer of Morisson. They walked around town looking for places to shoot the albumcover. After a while the took pictures at the small Morrison Hotel, the place that was later turned into some kind of Laundry shop, or maybe a barbershop, for shure it ain´t a hotel at this moment.
The Doors | Morisson Hotel | Blues blog
That hardrock café as photographed was already there in the 30s. It didn´t mean rock and roll, at that time, it meant mining or something. After the release of Morrison Hotel, the Doors received a phone call from England, “can we use the name for our pub? Yeah sure go ahead”, and it all started.