Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, dies at 74 (CBSNEWS - May 20, 2013)
Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who was a founding member of The Doors, has died. He was 74.
Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said in a news release that Manzarek died
Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his
family. He had been stricken by bile duct cancer.
Manzarek founded The Doors after meeting then-poet Jim
Morrison in California. The band went on to become one of the most
successful rock 'n' roll acts to emerge from the 1960s and continues to
resonate with fans decades after Morrison's death brought the band to an
end. The Doors sold more than 100 million albums worldwide on hits like
"Hello, I Love You," "Riders on the Storm," "Light My Fire," and "Break
On Through to the Other Side."
Manzarek, a Chicago native,
continued to remain active in music after Morrison's 1971 death. He
briefly tried to hold the band together by serving as vocalist, but
eventually the group fell apart. He played in other bands over the
years, produced other acts, became an author and worked on films.
Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Manzarek is
among the most notable keyboard players in rock history. His
lead-instrument work with the band at a time when the guitar often
dominated added a distinct end-times flavor that matched Morrison's
often out there imagery and persona.
Morrison and Manzarek met at
UCLA film school and ran into each other in Venice a few months after
graduation, Manzarek recounted in a 1967 interview with Billboard.
the two seemed so different. The strikingly tall, dark and handsome
Morrison looked the part of rock star, while Manzarek, with glasses and
comparatively close-cropped blonde hair, retained a more professorial
Inwardly, though, they were kindred spirits, as
Manzarek discovered when Morrison read him the lyrics for a song called
"I'd never heard lyrics to a rock song
like that before," Manzarek said. "We talked a while before we decided
to get a group together and make a million dollars."
band would make far more than that. The Doors, which also included
guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, has sold more than
100 million albums and their music has been re-released and repackaged
multiple times over the years, been featured prominently in movies and
holds an oft-debated place in rock history. Manzarek and Krieger
reunited to tour as The Doors in recent years.
Morrison, with his proto-celebrity lifestyle and tragic end, forever
will remain the face of The Doors, you could argue Manzarek's keyboard
work was every bit as important and helped balance some of the singer's
more over-the-top moments.
His creepy organ line on
"Light My Fire" adds a weirdo menace to what outwardly is a rock `n'
roll pick-up song. And his after-hours, lounge style on "Riders On the
Storm" transforms that song into an epic unlike anything else the band
Manzarek 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.
Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Pablo, and three
grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, family members ask that donations be
made in Manzarek's name to Standup2Cancer.org.
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