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Ray Manzarek: 1939-2013

By May 21, 2013

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Ray Manzarek in 1968

We really had the feeling that we had something very special, something that only happens once. We thought we were going to change the world. - Ray Manzarek

That was Ray Manzarek talking in a 2008 interview about The Doors recording their first album in 1967. Manzarek, founding member and keyboardist for the iconic band, died yesterday of cancer at the age of 74.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him," wrote The Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger, who has toured with Manzarek for the past ten years.

"Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother," wrote drummer John Densmore, referring to The Doors lead vocalist, Jim Morrison, whose death in 1971 effectively ended the band's short but wildly successful life.

Manzarek died at a clinic in Germany where he was being treated, his wife and brothers at his bedside. Photo © PhotoFlashbacks - The Doug Hartley Collection

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June 9, 2013 at 7:55 am
(1) Shemp9971 says:

R.I.P. Ray. You’ve finally broken on through and are now up there with Jim. Say hi to Jim for us. God bless you.

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