Ray Manzarek Of The Doors Dead At 74!

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  1. HankStone

    HankStone New Member


    The Doors' Ray Manzarek dies at 74

    updated 7:50 AM EDT, Tue May 21, 2013

    The Doors' founding keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, died at 74 in Germany on Monday, May 20, after a long fight with cancer, his publicist said.

    The Doors' founding keyboardist Ray Manzarek has died
    Manzarek, 74, was suffering from bile duct cancer
    The musician "went for performance" as a producer, bassist of punk band X said in 2004

    (CNN) -- 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.

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

    "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," said Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."

    The band famously defied Ed Sullivan's request that they not sing the lyric "higher" when they performed "Light My Fire" on his show in 1969. A show producer approached them in the dressing room shortly before they were to perform, Manzarek recalled in an interview with CNN in 2002.

    Manzarek remembers the band publicly agreeing like choirboys.

    " 'Yes, sir,' we told him," he recalls. "'Whatever you say, sir. We'll change.' (The producer) looked at Jim and said, 'You're the poet. Think of something else -- 'wire,' 'flyer.' "

    Then the Doors went out and did the song exactly as they always did. Sullivan was so furious he didn't even shake their hands.

    Manzarek went on to produce the Los Angeles punk band X. Bassist John Doe said the band learned a lot from him.

    "To have someone like Ray -- like rock 'n' roll royalty -- embrace what we do, it was great for our confidence," Doe told CNN in a 2004 interview. "In the studio, he knew what to try to do. He went for performance. He was smart enough to realize that the band had the arrangements all worked out."

    Manzarek is survived by his brothers Rick and James, his wife Dorothy, his son Pablo, and three grandchildren. Instead of flowers, the family's asked that a donation be made in Manzarek's name at www.standup2cancer.org.
  2. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

    Loved there music years ago then came to my senses and realized that the band as individuals was pretty sad. As a group for there day they were OK. Without the poet they were horrible. Still a shame as there music when I hear it brings back some good memories.

  3. Daoust_Nat

    Daoust_Nat Well-Known Member Supporter

    I am a Doors' fan, and always wondered how they would have changed with the time. They were a very entertaining band.
  4. stratrider

    stratrider New Member

    I would say that they were before my time but their time never died, nor did their music.
  5. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

    He was 74? I don't remember him being that old.
  6. DFlynt

    DFlynt New Member

    I was shocked that he's only 4 years younger than my Mom.
  7. NC1760

    NC1760 New Member

    Rest in peace Ray...

    Married to the same woman for 46 years... A rarity in the Rock N Roll world. His piano playing on "Roadhouse Blues" was EPIC!! Every time I hear that song I can smell the BBQ cooking, the beer on tap and the exhaust from the semi's and Harleys pulling up in the parking lot of a honkey tonk... :cool:

    My generation owes him a debt for bringing such bands as "X" and Echo & the Bunnymen to our attention by producing them.
  8. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

    A sad day in Rock & Roll indeed................
  9. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I had a roommate after college who liked the Doors... I thought it was the worst **** I ever heard... then along came rap... Doors 'music' still sucks tho.:rolleyes:
  10. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member


    Was donthav1 working on his house too!?