Ray Manzarek RIP
The brilliant keyboard player from the Doors Ray Manzerak has died.
Ray Mazarek, co-founder and keyboardist from the Doors, has died aged 74 following a battle with bile duct cancer.
Manzerek met Doors singer Jim Morrison in LA and they formed the band, along with guitarist Robby Kreiger and drummer John Densmore, in 1965.
They recorded their debut album for Electra Records and as they didn’t have a bassist Manzarek became adept at playing the bass at the same time as his Vox Continental organ.
Following the death of Jim Morrison in 1971 and the Doors break-up in 1973 Ray remained in music producing albums for bands including Echo and the Bunnymen.
Manzarek’s musical genius lives on in the iconic sound of the records he made. LTW editor John Robb celebrates his legacy in our top 10 countdown of his finest musical moments.