Monday, May 20, 2013

Ray Manzarek, R. I. P. Ray Manzarek, the founding keyboardist for the Doors, passed away this morning in Germany, according to a statement from his publicist. The cause was bile duct cancer. As a member of the legendary rock band that formed in 1965 in Los Angeles and effectively ended with the death of frontman Jim Morrison in 1971 (though the group continued to perform and release music in other iterations for many years), Manzarek became an enduring symbol of the era — he was portrayed by Kyle McLachlan in the 1991 Oliver Stone biopic The Doors, and wrote a best-selling memoir about his experiences, Light My Fire: My Life with The Doors, in 1998.


Deb said...

RIP Ray. Spin those keyboards from "Riders on the Storm" one more time for me.

George said...

Ray Manzarek give The Doors their unique sound. I heard an interview with Manzarek where he said his keyboard approach to "Light My Fire" was based on Bach.