50 years ago May 18th, 1968, the Northern California Rock Festival in Santa Clara featured such Bay Area luminaries as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane,Big Brother & the Holding Company and The Steve Miller Band plus, from L.A., The Doors.

50 years ago May 18th, 1968, the Northern California Rock Festival in Santa Clara featured such Bay Area luminaries as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane,Big Brother & the Holding Company and The Steve Miller Band plus, from L.A., The Doors.

CLASSIC CUTS: People Are Strange

The Doors: “People Are Strange”

The Hook: The idea came to Jim Morrison during a sunrise spent at the crest of Laurel Canyon following a deeply depressed evening.

Album: Strange Days

Year: 1967

Writers: Jim Morrison and Robby Krieger

Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: “People Are Strange” was the first single off The Doors’ second album,Strange Days, and the follow-up to their breakthrough hit, “Light My Fire.” Guitarist Robby Krieger explains how the song originated.

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger on “People Are Strange.