“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is a well known song that was originally recorded for the soundtrack of the film “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid” in 1973. This folk rock song went on to be a mainstream hit, reaching a high of position 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since this time it has been used in many other films and has been covered by many artists. The song tells the story of a lawman that is close to death and can no longer perform his duties. Let’s find out who wrote and sang this famous song.
Who wrote and sang “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”?
The original version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” was written and sung by the famous American songwriter and musician Bob Dylan in 1973. The scriptwriter for the film knew Dylan and asked him to write and perform a few songs for the soundtrack. In the end Dylan wrote a number of songs for the soundtrack and even took an acting role in the film. The soundtrack album received only an average reception, but still reached number 16 on the U.S. charts. The single “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” was much more popular.
The first cover versions of the song came just a few years after the initial release. Arthur Louis and Eric Clapton both recorded cover versions of the song a week apart in 1975. However, the most famous cover version of the song was performed by rock band Guns N’ Roses. They began playing the song live in 1987 and recorded studio versions in 1990 and 1991. The single from the later release went on to reach number 2 in the UK charts!
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The song has been covered by many other famous artists over the years including; U2, Avril Lavigne, Babyface, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Cold Chisel and many more!