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The Doors' Ray Manzarek dies at 74
cnn.com ^ | 05/21/2013 | n/a

Posted on 05/21/2013 6:21:32 AM PDT by massmike

The Doors' founding keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, died in Germany Monday after a long fight with cancer, his publicist said in a statement. He was 74.

The artist had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer.

The Doors formed in 1965 after Manzarek happened to meet Jim Morrison on California's Venice Beach. The legendary rock group went on to sell 100 million albums worldwide, establishing five multiplatinum discs in the U.S

Morrison died in 1971, but Manzarek carried on The Doors' legacy, continuing to work as a musician and an author.

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1 posted on 05/21/2013 6:21:32 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

who cares?


2 posted on 05/21/2013 6:21:56 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: mbarker12474

You sir , are an ...a——— . Fill in the blanks moron .


3 posted on 05/21/2013 6:24:56 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: massmike

Great keyboard solos, especially on “Light my Fire”.


4 posted on 05/21/2013 6:27:04 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Pray THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA will be delivered from the evil unGODly forces)
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To: mbarker12474

Why do you find in necessary to crap on a thread. IF you are not interested then don’t go to the thread.

I don’t care too much about whether this guy is dead but there will be people on here that like the Doors.


5 posted on 05/21/2013 6:27:27 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: massmike

I don’t know how, but it must be Bush’s fault.


6 posted on 05/21/2013 6:29:10 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: mbarker12474

7 posted on 05/21/2013 6:30:27 AM PDT by massmike (At least no one is wearing a "Ron Paul - 2016" tee shirt........yet!)
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To: massmike

I thought he was great. He seemed to be the most level headed of the group.


8 posted on 05/21/2013 6:30:27 AM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Ray saved the LA Woman album with his keyboard playing, because by then, Jim’s voice was just about gone.


9 posted on 05/21/2013 6:30:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mbarker12474

Hey nice shot man. Feel bigger?


10 posted on 05/21/2013 6:30:39 AM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: mbarker12474
I care.

The Doors were an important American cultural contribution, and Manzarek not only wrote the music, it was his self-effacing dedication to the music, rather than ego, that enabled him to contain the selfish monster known as Jim Morrison and direct that man's considerable creative energies constructively for the better part of a decade.

Thank you, Ray Manzarek.

11 posted on 05/21/2013 6:31:24 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: mbarker12474
who cares?

Many people....in varying degrees.

You cared just enough to post a shit heel comment which makes you essentially the bottom of the barrel.

12 posted on 05/21/2013 6:31:34 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: GunRunner
He seemed to be the most level headed of the group.

Probably the classiest guy in Rock.

13 posted on 05/21/2013 6:32:55 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: massmike

As if I needed more help feeling old.

That said, RIP Ray. The Doors were part of the soundtrack of my life in my junior and senior high school years.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 6:33:47 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: mbarker12474
who cares?

Me.

15 posted on 05/21/2013 6:34:36 AM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: mbarker12474
who cares?

I'm guessing that the number of FReepers that care that a legendary keyboardist for an iconic rock band has passed away will exceed the number of FReepers that care or even notice when somebody named mbarker12474 (or somebody named VRWCmember for that matter) eventually passes away. But I would never be so callous or cavalier about anybody's life as to say "who cares" about the news of their passing. As a friendly suggestion to avoid well deserved derision, I would strongly recommend that you ping a moderator by hitting the abuse button on your own post and ask him to remove your ill-advised comment.

16 posted on 05/21/2013 6:35:02 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Great keyboard solos, especially on “Light my Fire”.

Manzarek was inspired by John Coltrane's version of My Favorite Things for Light My Fire.

17 posted on 05/21/2013 6:35:14 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: massmike

Sad. I never got the whole Doors thing, condolences to his family.


18 posted on 05/21/2013 6:35:42 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Great keyboard solos, especially on “Light my Fire”.

That was an absolutely amazing performance.

19 posted on 05/21/2013 6:35:52 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: sushiman

What a gracious post.


20 posted on 05/21/2013 6:36:51 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: wideawake

Morrison could be an alcohol fueled jerk, but when it came to the band I don’t think he was that way. I don’t think he demanded more money, and the songs were all credited to the entire band.


21 posted on 05/21/2013 6:37:40 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: massmike

That is a GREAT cartoon! Thanks.


22 posted on 05/21/2013 6:37:44 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: mbarker12474
Mike Barker, let me add my voice to the chorus of voices on this thread loudly proclaiming you King of the Douches.

Manzarek was a great musician and a fabulously talented keyboard player. He was so great at what he did that the Doors didn't even need a bass player, because Manzarek handled the low end with his keyboard's foot pedals.

Fair winds and following seas, Ray.

23 posted on 05/21/2013 6:40:12 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: dfwgator
Ray saved the LA Woman album with his keyboard playing, because by then, Jim’s voice was just about gone.

His voice was different, but his vocals still turned out very well.

24 posted on 05/21/2013 6:40:47 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: massmike

The Keyboard work on Light My Fire can only be described as Iconic.(possibly the only other iconic keyboard man from that era would be Garth Hudson ie. Chest Fever)

RIP Ray, you entertained me.


25 posted on 05/21/2013 6:40:57 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: mbarker12474
who cares?

Thanks for your useless input.

26 posted on 05/21/2013 6:41:00 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: mbarker12474

STFU asshat. If you don’t care then don’t post or open. It’s really not that hard.. perhaps for you it is though.


27 posted on 05/21/2013 6:42:00 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: plain talk

I felt it fit the occasion perfectly! ;)


28 posted on 05/21/2013 6:42:13 AM PDT by massmike (At least no one is wearing a "Ron Paul - 2016" tee shirt........yet!)
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To: massmike


29 posted on 05/21/2013 6:44:14 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Mr. Lucky

**** you .


30 posted on 05/21/2013 6:47:39 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: mbarker12474

Certainly his wife of 45 years Dorothy, their son, Pablo, and three grandchildren, Noah, Apollo and Camille.

But you are too cool for the room.


31 posted on 05/21/2013 6:48:21 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Moonman62
I agree that it wasn't about money or taking credit - what it was about was Morrison doing whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted to, regardless of whether that hurt or helped the people around him.

Manzarek is the guy who encouraged him to write, to practice, to get to the studio, to show up for performances.

If Manzarek hadn't taken that initiative, the band would have been a one-hit wonder.

32 posted on 05/21/2013 6:49:38 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: sushiman

Hmm. My previous post was inartfully drafted. My intent had been to comment to you about the post to which you had taken offense. It seemed so simple at the time.


33 posted on 05/21/2013 6:52:32 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: dfwgator
Ray saved the LA Woman album with his keyboard playing, because by then, Jim’s voice was just about gone.

LA Woman is my favorite Doors album. IMO, they were starting to mature as a band when they made that album.

34 posted on 05/21/2013 6:52:52 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: sushiman

Double **** !


35 posted on 05/21/2013 6:53:15 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: wideawake

I agree with wideawake. I’ve been a keyboardist (organ, synth and piano ) and was playing in bands since 1963...retired 1994 to take up diaconal studies at Providence College. Ray was not only an excellent writer/player, but also an innovator that changed the course of rock music. He inspired a whole new genre of players, including myself.

RIP, Ray


36 posted on 05/21/2013 7:01:13 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: wideawake

Dittos to what you said. One would think Manzarek wrote Light my Fire given the intense organ part. However Krieger wrote that one. Band liked it. Ray Manzarek goes off and rather quickly comes up with this Bach inspired intro. Rest is history.

Ray was a pioneer rock keyboard player and plowed the ground for many that followed. I really liked that guy and miss him.


37 posted on 05/21/2013 7:02:04 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: mbarker12474

Separate the Art from the artist. For instance, tomorrow is the bicentennial of the birth of Richard Wagner. He despised Judeo-Christianity influenced the Nazis with his racialist theories and celebrated pagan culture and carnal love in his operas. We still celebrate his music.


39 posted on 05/21/2013 7:20:14 AM PDT by Borges
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True. Why should we? Especially in the case of Wagner.

I’ve drawn the line at pop and classic rock, which is clearly a promoter of evil, in my view.


40 posted on 05/21/2013 7:22:56 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: massmike

I saw the Doors in concert in Seattle. The music stopped and Morrison bummed a cigarette from the audience, lit it up and then the fire marshall shut down the bands power and turned on the lights. Concert over.


41 posted on 05/21/2013 7:23:07 AM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: mbarker12474

Because it’s great music.


42 posted on 05/21/2013 7:24:19 AM PDT by Borges
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To: ThomasMore
He inspired a whole new genre of players, including myself.

Incense and Peppermints by the Strawberry Alarm Clock, which scored about three months after "Light My Fire," sounds like it might have been inspired by the Doors and Manzarek.

43 posted on 05/21/2013 7:25:16 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: mbarker12474

I do.
But I do not care if you do.


45 posted on 05/21/2013 7:29:19 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: wideawake

Excellent and accurate post. he also kept John and Robby from walking out many times.


46 posted on 05/21/2013 7:29:59 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: plain talk
Krieger played an understated but perfect guitar for the genre. Never heavy metal but he matched the song.

I'm a guitar player for over 50 years. His fills,along with Manzarek for Morrison, were always dead on.

FMCDH(BITS)

47 posted on 05/21/2013 7:32:27 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: wideawake
If Manzarek hadn't taken that initiative, the band would have been a one-hit wonder.

Yet the band failed to succeed after Morrison's death, in spite of their efforts to keep going.

48 posted on 05/21/2013 7:32:41 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: mbarker12474

I take it the Doors song you are referring to in your last sentence is “The End”, which several lines reference Oedipus.
Ever hear of that?
It’s an old story.


49 posted on 05/21/2013 7:35:27 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Verbosus

Yes.


50 posted on 05/21/2013 7:38:45 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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