Angel of the City

In an homage to the Doors’ “L.A. Woman,” the greatest song ever written about our local femmes, singer Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums gets our mojo risin’
The title track of the last album the Doors made before Jim Morrison died, “L.A. Woman” is as much an ode to the city as to its females. It was recorded in a makeshift studio at 8512 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood between November 1970 and early 1971. Morrison is said to have laid down his vocal track in the bathroom because he liked the room’s natural reverb. The song’s unusual length (it runs nearly eight minutes) and difficult vocal chord progressions make it extremely challenging to sing live, and the Doors are believed to have performed it in its entirety only once before an audience, at their penultimate concert in Dallas in December 1970. In 2010, a single doodle-covered sheet of yellow paper with the song’s lyrics written in Morrison’s hand was sold at auction in England for nearly 15,000 pounds. – Amy Wallace
Photographs by Emily Shur

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