Founding Member of the Doors Dead at 74
'Light My Fire' organ riff remains rock legend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 20, 2013 6:31 PM CDT
Ray Manzarek   (Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – 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 today in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family, said his publicist. His manager confirmed Manzarek died after being stricken by bile duct cancer.

Manzarek's spidery organ on "Light My Fire" is one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in rock history. Manzarek continued to remain active in music well after Morrison's death in 1971 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.

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joedert
May 30, 2013 11:22 PM CDT
the keyboards on "Love Her Madly" are great.
sunniladi
May 25, 2013 3:13 AM CDT
to fed up: there's no 'reply' button at the end of your post for some reason so i'll respond here. I agree with you and can relate to everything you said. I am sorry that you have lost many people that were close to you and i know how difficult that is. I lost my husband 2 years ago, as well as two friends who abandoned me after he passed away, so music has been a huge coping source for me. I can lose myself... immerse myself in it... and forget, for a time, all my troubles. and as I mentioned before, it takes me back to happier times in my youth, (as you said, 'escape' ) and can lift my spirits better than any anti-depressant ever could. : ) " Hopefully, we won't have to defend a fallen friend anytime soon. " yes, hopefully. : ) moreover, I hope there won't BE a fallen friend anytime soon! nice chattin' with you.
2cent
May 23, 2013 11:33 PM CDT
Ray, you did Chicago proud. I'm honored to have met you. I hope music can re-attain the heights that you and The Doors achieved. Thanks.