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Old 05-20-2013, 05:24 PM  
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Ray Manzarek dies aged 74: The Doors keyboard player passes away after cancer battle

Ray Manzarek, keyboard player and founding member of The Doors, died today after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

His manager said he died this afternoon in Rosenheim, Germany surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and brothers Rick and James.

Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison.

The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide.

L.A.Woman, Break On Through to the Other Side, The End, Hello, I Love You" and Light My Fire were just some of the band's iconic and ground-breaking songs.

After Morrison's death in 1971, Manzarek went on to become a best-selling author, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right.

In 2002, he revitalised his touring career with Doors' guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," said Krieger.

"I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."

Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo's wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille.

Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek's name at www.standup2cancer.org

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-n...ged-74-1901745
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:31 PM   #4
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Wow- great player and a classy guy. What a loss.

I never got to see the Doors live- way too young- but wished I could have a least seen some of the touring bands playing their tunes.

RIP Ray....
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:32 PM   #5
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:46 PM   #6
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Every time I hear a Doors song, I think how cool it is to have those keyboards in the background.

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Ray's keyboard part on Riders on the Storm was the first piece of music that really made me trip out and realize what music was all about.
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Today the music world lost one of the greatest to ever touch a keyboard.

Ray Manzarek, one of the two founding members of The Doors, passed away at the age of 74.

It was in July of 1965 that a random encounter between the prodigious keyboardist and Jim Morrison would eventually turn into one of the most influential bands of all time: The Doors. For the short duration that they were together, The Doors would push the boundaries of rock and roll, fusing blues, rock, jazz and psychedelia in a way that has yet to be equalled and is impossible to imitate.

It goes without saying that The Doors is the reason that Strange Music got its name. Tech N9ne, being a huge Doors fan, would name his company after the song “People Are Strange”, one of The Doors biggest hits.

We at Strange Music want to pay our respects to one of the most influential musicians in the history of popular music.

Thank you for the music Ray. We’ll see you on the other side.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:12 PM   #12
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Listen to "Strange Days", beautiful , haunting , otherworldly. Peace, brother.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:38 PM   #15
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RIP Ray.

I got to meet Ray and Robbie Krieger 10 years ago when they played in Houston as The 21st Century Doors.

Photographed the band and all.

Ian Astbury from The Cult was the lead singer and he dressed just like Jim.
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