Ray Manzarek, Doors co-founder passed away at 74

Ray_doorsRay Manzarek was best known as a founding member and keyboardist of The Doors from 1965 to 1973. He was a co-founding member of Nite City from 1977 to 1978, and of Manzarek–Krieger from 2001 to his death. On May 20, 2013, Manzarek died after a long battle with bile duct cancer at a hospital in Rosenheim, Germany, aged 74. The music that keyboardist Ray Manzarek made as part ofthe Doors helped define the 1960s, and also was a crucial part of the Southern California music scene in the latter half of that decade. Two generations of L.A. music met in the late 1970s when Manzarek connected with punk band X to produce the group’s first four studio albums.

Manzarek grew up in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles in 1962 to study film. It was there he first met Doors singer Jim Morrison, though they didn’t talk about forming a band until they bumped into each other on a beach in Venice, California, in the summer of 1965 and Morrison told Manzarek that he had been working on some music. He formed the band with lead singer Jim Morrison in 1965 after this chance meeting in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. The Doors found fame in the 1960s with hits such as The End, Break on Through to the Other Side and Hello I Love You. They sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and Manzarek became one of the best-known keyboardists of his era, his artistry colouring tracks like Riders on the Storm and Light my Fire. Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy Fujikawa, who he married in 1967, his son, Pablo and three grandchildren.

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