Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Amsterdam, NY ,




The Doors' Manzarek dies at 74

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - Updated: 3:11 PM


The Associated Press

Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complimented Jim Morrison's gloomy baritone and helped set the mood for some of rock's most enduring songs, has died. He was 74.

Manzarek died Monday in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family, said publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald. Robinson-Fitzgerald said his manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed Manzarek died after being stricken by bile duct cancer.

The Doors' original lineup, which also included drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robbie Krieger, was only together for a few years. But the band has retained a large and obsessive following decades after Morrison's death, in 1971.

The Doors have sold more than 100 million records and songs such as "Light My Fire" and "Riders On the Storm" are still "classic" rock standards. For Doors admirers, the band symbolized the darker side of the Los Angeles lifestyle, what happened to the city after the sun went down and the Beach Boys fans headed home.

Next to Morrison, Manzarek was the most distinctive looking band member, his glasses and wavy blond hair making him resemble a young English professor more than a rock star, a contrast to Morrison's Dionysian glamour -- his sensuous mouth and long, dark hair. Musically, Manzarek's spidery organ on "Light My Fire" is one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in rock history.

But he seemed up to finding the right touch for a wide range of songs -- the sleepy, lounge-style keyboards on "Riders On the Storm"; the liquid strains for "The Crystal Ship"; the barrelhouse romps on "Roadhouse Blues." The Doors always considered themselves "more" than a rock band and Manzarek, Densmore and Krieger often managed a flowing rapport that blended rock, blues and jazz behind Morrison's self-consciously poetic lyrics.

Manzarek continued to remain active in music well after Morrison's death and briefly tried to hold the band together by serving as vocalist. He played in other bands over the years, produced other acts, became an author and worked on films.


Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Subscribe to The Recorder


The Recorder Sports Schedule


The Recorder Newscast

Most Popular

    Tonko calls for more support of the MVGO bridge
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Stanavich brothers, Derby honored as area's best
    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    Area police agencies increase road patrols for Thanksgiving weekend
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Amsterdam to switch on solar array
    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    Donations stolen from holiday lights display on Lyon Street
    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Los Angeles Times Movie Guide
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Mario J. Greco, Sr.
    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    County legislature tables proposal on revenue sharing agreement
    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Gun buyback program returns to Amsterdam
    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    Yo Rocky! Gritty, soulful 'Creed' goes the distance
    Thursday, November 26, 2015


Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us