Skip to comments.The Doors' Ray Manzarek dies at 74
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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You sir , are an ...a——— . Fill in the blanks moron .
Great keyboard solos, especially on “Light my Fire”.
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.
I don’t know how, but it must be Bush’s fault.
I thought he was great. He seemed to be the most level headed of the group.
Ray saved the LA Woman album with his keyboard playing, because by then, Jim’s voice was just about gone.
Hey nice shot man. Feel bigger?
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.
Many people....in varying degrees.
You cared just enough to post a shit heel comment which makes you essentially the bottom of the barrel.
Probably the classiest guy in Rock.
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.
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.
Manzarek was inspired by John Coltrane's version of My Favorite Things for Light My Fire.
Sad. I never got the whole Doors thing, condolences to his family.
That was an absolutely amazing performance.
What a gracious post.
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.
That is a GREAT cartoon! Thanks.
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.
His voice was different, but his vocals still turned out very well.
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.
Thanks for your useless input.
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.
I felt it fit the occasion perfectly! ;)
**** you .
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.
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.
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.
LA Woman is my favorite Doors album. IMO, they were starting to mature as a band when they made that album.
Double **** !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because it’s great music.
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.
But I do not care if you do.
Excellent and accurate post. he also kept John and Robby from walking out many times.
I'm a guitar player for over 50 years. His fills,along with Manzarek for Morrison, were always dead on.
Yet the band failed to succeed after Morrison's death, in spite of their efforts to keep going.
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.
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