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1 RealityBasedSteve  Mon, May 20, 2013 5:27:43pm

I can no more imagine The Doors without that distinctive organ sound than I could without Jim Morrison’s singing. So long to another great one.

RBS

2 KingKenrod  Mon, May 20, 2013 6:11:32pm

I always enjoyed Manzarek in interviews. He had a great speaking voice and was always full of hippie wisdom. RIP.

3 thecommodore  Tue, May 21, 2013 12:46:53am

Here’s an obit from The Hollywood Reporter:

Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek passed away today in Rosenheim, Germany, at the RoMed Clinic. He had been battling bile duct cancer. Manzarek was 74.

The keyboardist, whose snaky Vox organ solos were as much a part of The Doors’ sound as Jim Morrison’s Beat poet vocals, Robbie Krieger’s psychedelic blues guitar and John Densmore’s jazzy drum work, met Morrison while they both attended UCLA’s film school in the early ’60s.

Born Feb. 12, 1939, in Chicago, Manzarek graduated from DePaul before making his pivotal move to California. Shortly after they both graduated from UCLA, Manzarek and Morrison ran into each other on Venice Beach. After hearing Morrison sing “Moonlight Drive” for him, they decided to form The Doors, named after Aldous Huxley’s 1954 groundbreaking drug book, The Doors of Perception. Krieger and Densmore joined the band after meeting Manzarek at a transcendental meditation lecture.

.The Doors initially signed to Columbia, but then Elektra picked them up when Columbia inexplicably dropped the fledgling band. Released in 1967, The Doors eponymous debut album literally broke on through to the other side, hitting No. 2 on the charts, led by “Light My Fire,” the band’s first No. 1 song. The seven-minute album version (written by Krieger) may have been sliced to three for the single, but it still retained its sonic power, anchored by Manzarek’s and Krieger’s lengthy solos.

The band would record five more stellar albums before Morrison’s mysterious death in Paris in 1971.

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4 terraincognita  Tue, May 21, 2013 6:08:47am

Ray, it is time to Break on Through to the Other Side. RIP.

5 Film At 11  Tue, May 21, 2013 8:45:53am

The Doors were a vital part of my adolescence, one of the first bands where I “got” it. Music could now go places I never knew until I heard them. Ray was masterful playing BASS along with the keys. Three players with the sound of 4 and a voice from somewhere else to carry them. They remain timeless. Ray lives on right beside Jim. “The streets are fields that never die.”

6 Death Panel Truck  Tue, May 21, 2013 1:18:52pm

I didn’t particularly care for the Doors, but I’m sorry to hear of Ray’s death. RIP.


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