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Ray Manzarek

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Chicago, Illinois, United States (February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013)

Ray Manzarek (born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. on February 12, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, United States; died May 20, 2013, in Rosenheim, Germany) was an American musician, singer, producer, film director, and author, 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.

From 1962 to 1965, Manzarek studied in the Department of Cinematography at UCLA, where he met film student Jim Morrison. He met drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger at a Transcendental Meditation lecture. In January 1966, The Doors became the house band at The London Fog on the Sunset Strip in LA. Manzarek occasionally sang for The Doors, including the live recordings of “Close To You” and on the B-side of “Love Her Madly,” “You Need Meat (Don’t Go No Further).” He also sang on the last two Doors albums, recorded after Morrison’s death, Other Voices and Full Circle. Additionally, he provided one of several guitar parts on the song “Been Down So Long.”

Manzarek played in several groups after the Doors, including Nite City. Manzarek also recorded a rock adaptation of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with Philip Glass, produced Echo and the Bunnymen and Los Angeles band X, and played with Iggy Pop and backed San Francisco poet Michael McClure’s poetry readings.

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  • NathelieJulienn

    ♡ the best man

    21 Nov 1:35am Reply
  • o8btr65ef5645gr

    Обажаю! Потрясающий музыкант и просто красивый мужчина.

    30 Jul 4:53pm Reply
  • gimgooe

    ah, i'll miss you

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Jinxiyu

    rip. seems to be late here. :(

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • frankvanvrij

    Ray Manzarek passed over to the other side. Thank you for your music and opening doors. RIP.

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • AimsterSkitz0rz

    RIP <3

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • ybvanpainkiller

    Take the highway to the end of the night End of the night, end of the night Take a journey to the bright midnight End of the night, end of the night... Legend, hero, genius. Rest in peace...bye bye and have a nice time with Jim !!!... You'll always be alive! Give Jim our regards!...There will never be another one like you, there will never be another one who can do the things you do!...Descanse en Paz Dios de los Teclados.... x2

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • cahb1490

    Legend, hero, genius. Rest in peace.

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • Apz15

    RIP (Rock in Peace) Legend!

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • PsycheSoap

    Rest in peace my hero!

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • phantasma1958

    Take the highway to the end of the night End of the night, end of the night Take a journey to the bright midnight End of the night, end of the night Requiescat In Pace Ray.

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    Rest In Peace Ray

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • svalbar

    R.I.P

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • tryingyourlucky

    rest in peace and you'll always be a legend dude

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Daniel_Green

    R.I.P.

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Bruce2008

    bye bye and have a nice time with Jim !!!

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor

    So long my psychedelic friend....may you gig in the sky with Jim, Jimi, Janis, Kurt and the rest..........

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • MandyMcDowell

    love you, ray. no matter how or where. thank you. ♥

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Painkiller_95

    R.I.P. Ray, thanks for the great music

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • DefenceMan

    Rest in heaven, Ray.

    21 May 2013 Reply
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