Ray Manzarek

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Ray Manzarek
Ray Manzarek in 2007
Ray Manzarek in 2007
Background information
Birth nameRaymond Daniel Manzarek Jr.
Born(1939-02-12)February 12, 1939
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMay 20, 2013(2013-05-20) (aged 74)
Rosenheim, Germany
GenresPsychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock, jazz rock, hard rock, blues, jazz fusion, funk, rock and roll
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, filmmaker
InstrumentsMain: Keyboards, keyboard bass, vocals, Marxophone Occasional: guitar, percussion
Years active1961–2013
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Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr. (February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013) known as Ray Manzarek was an American musician, singer, music producer, movie director, and author.

Overview[change | change source]

He was 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.

There is a 1991 movie about the Doors, also called The Doors. It was directed by Oliver Stone and had Kyle MacLachlan potray Manzarek.

Morrison was inducted, as a member of The Doors, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Death[change | change source]

On May 20, 2013, Manzarek died from bile duct cancer at a hospital in Rosenheim, Germany, aged 74.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74". The Doors Property, LLC. May 20, 2013. Archived from the original on August 7, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  2. "Keyboardist Ray Manzarek of The Doors dies at age 74". Reuters. May 13, 2013. Archived from the original on May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.

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