As the frontman of The Doors, Jim Morrison quickly became larger than life -- and literally larger than his bandmates on the cover of their eponymous debut album, which hit record stores 50 years ago this month.


Unfortunately, Morrison's star status overshadowed the work of the other Doors, which is a shame because guitarist Robby Krieger made tremendous contributions to the group. In fact, he wrote half of their top performing singles.

So in honor of Krieger's 70th birthday today, here's a look at The Doors songs written by Krieger.

1. Light My Fire

Yes, the band's biggest hit -- the song that skyrocketed them to fame in 1967 -- was penned by a teenaged Robby Krieger. 

"That was the first one I wrote, because up until then Jim had been writing the songs," he said in a 2016 edition of Reverb's Song Stories. "But we realized we didn't have enough originals, so Jim said, 'Why don't you write some? Why do I have to do all the work!?' So I said, 'OK, what should I write about?' And he goes, 'Write about something universal. Write about something that will last, not just about today.' So I decided I'd write about [either] earth, air, fire or water."

But Morrison got final editing rights.

"Jim came up with the second verse about the funeral pyre," Kreiger said on an episode of Classic Albums. "I said, 'Jim, why is it always about death? Why do you always have to do that?' And he said, 'No man, it'll be perfect. You'll have the love part of it and then you'll have that death part of it.' And he was right."

2. Love Me Two Times

Krieger almost had another huge hit later in 1967 with the bluesy "Love Me Two Times." But the single got upstaged by Morrison's antics. At a concert in New Haven, Connecticut in December 1967, a police officer caught the Lizard King making out with a girl backstage. Not recognizing the band's frontman, the cop maced Morrison when the two got into a heated altercation.

When the band went onstage that night, Morrison vented his anger by taunting the police until they arrested him -- during the show. (You can watch footage of the arrest here.)

Drummer John Densmore later said the incident crippled their performance in the charts. "Our second single off the second album, 'Love Me Two Times,' was racing up the charts when it got banned because of New Haven. We were too controversial. Shit," he wrote in his 1991 memoir Riders on the Storm.

3. Touch Me

Morrison's antics got The Doors in a lot of trouble during their brief career. But according to rock legend, Krieger got his bandmates in hot water in 1968. That's when they released their hit single "Touch Me," which borrowed a few bars of music from an Ajax commercial. And they also lifted the company's slogan -- "stronger than dirt" -- for the last line of the tune.

The owners of Ajax allegedly sued the band, who settled the matter out of court.

4. Wishful Sinful

You don't hear this 1969 single too often nowadays. Possibly because it comes from The Soft Parade, an album that received mixed reviews from fans and critics who didn't like the band's new polished sound, with brass and string sections replacing psychedelic guitar solos and heavy drumbeats.

But the mellow song did crack the Billboard charts that year, becoming a modest success in a forgettable period of the band's middle years.  

5. Love Her Madly

Krieger's last big hit for The Doors was the romping 1971 single "Love Her Madly." But it almost didn't make the charts because the modest guitarist didn't want to promote the song.

"It staggered me," Densmore later recalled. "Robby had written the song: Didn't he want he want another shot at the big time...?"

Apparently not. Krieger wanted Morrison's bluesy "Changeling" to be their next single instead. Luckily the band overruled him.