Remembering Ray Manzarek

Written by Casey

Remembering Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors

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It was a very sad day Tuesday morning when I woke to discover that Ray Manzarek from The Doors passed away. The story goes, as The Doors didn’t have a bassist, Manzarek often played the bass parts on his Fender Rhodes piano. He also played a Vox Continental organ, which can be heard on the famous intro to “Light My Fire” and numerous other Doors classics.

Manzarek passed away Monday at a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany at age 74. The cause was bile duct cancer.

We will miss you Ray.


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  • Ray’s playing was a staple of The Doors. He’ll certainly be missed after such a long and fruitful career helping to create such haunting music. The Doors’ songs opened my mind to other realms of possibilities and cleansed my perception. I paid tribute to Ray when I heard of his passing by creating a new portrait of him and some melting doors which you can see on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2013/05/in-memoriam-ray-manzarek.html Drop by and let me know how The Doors influenced you too.

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