"Roadhouse Blues" is a song by the American rock band the Doors, which appears on the 1970 album Morrison Hotel. It was released as the B-side of "You Make Me Real", which peaked at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song became a concert staple for the group and it has been covered by numerous artists.
The song was recorded over two days, from November 4 to 5, 1969. Producer Paul A. Rothchild insisted on several takes, some of which were included on the 2006 remastered album. Morrison, who was apparently intoxicated, flubbed several lyrics and keep repeating the phrase "Money beats soul every time".
There was more progress on the second day, when resident Elektra Records guitarist Lonnie Mack joined in to play bass (Ray Neapolitan, the regular bass player during Morrison Hotel sessions, had been stuck in traffic). Although there has been speculation that Mack also contributed the guitar solo, he confirmed that he had played bass and nothing else. Mack had quit touring and was working for Elektra at the time, but returned to music after playing bass at the session.
Guitarist Robby Krieger is responsible for all guitar parts on "Roadhouse Blues"; Morrison shouts "Do it, Robby, do it!" (especially audible on the official audio proof of DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD where the single vocal track can be separated from other instruments) at the start of the guitar solo. Ray Manzarek switched from a Wurlitzer electric piano to a tack piano (the same type as used on the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations"). Ex-Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian contributed harmonica (listed as "G. Puglese" for contractual reasons).
Alice Cooper claimed he was the inspiration for the line "Woke up this morning and I got myself a beer", as stated on his Planet Rock morning show.
This track was tagged with the following keywords: Blues, Blues Rock, Rock.