July 26, 2021

Let’s celebrate 82 years of Ray Manzarek, eternal keyboardist of The Doors

A day like today was born Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and co-founder of The Doors. He formed the band with Jim Morrison in 1965, after meeting him on a beach in Los Angeles.

Manzarek played on all of The Doors’ studio records. What’s more, took over the voices on two albums the band released after the death of frontman Jim Morrison.

In 1967, The Doors took first place in the United States thanks to the song “Light My Fire.”

Ray Manzarek died at 74 cancer product.

Friends of Ray Manzarek

John Densmore y Robby Krieger, the two members of The Doors still alive, met for the first time in fifteen years in 2016 for a concert in tribute to Ray Manzarek, whose proceeds were earmarked Stand Up to Cancer, a American organization against that disease.

The event was held on February 12 of that year, the same day that Manzarek would have turned 72, at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, also with the participation of Exene Cervenka and John Doe of X, Rami Jaffee of the Foo Fighters, Robert DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots and Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction, plus other “surprise guests.”

And the charity continued between Densmore and Krieger, as in 2020, they held a benefit concert for the homeless. As if that weren’t enough, the two legendary musicians played alongside Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, presenting a 30-minute semi-acoustic set.

Before this presentation, John Densmore told Rolling Stone magazine that he and his partner at The Doors did not rehearse or plan the setlist for the concert.

“I’m used to it,” commented the drummer, adding that during his time with Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, he was the member who was in charge of making the tracklists.

“I was the person who formed them, because nobody else would. We planned the first three or four songs and then everything was spontaneous,” he said.