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Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek (Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)
Ray Manzarek (Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)

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December 26, 2018 "To me the genius of the doors was Ray manzarek and his ability to put together four very different types of musicians. I believe this to be true because of the famous meeting with Jim Morrison on the Venice Beach. Upon hearing Jim sing Moonlight Drive Ray's response was let's start a band. He had to be the deciding factor and influence on who was going to be in the band. I've seen too many times where people like to stay in their comfort zone especially musically and would only form a band with musians of their own genre. Being older and coming up with the idea to form a band he must have been looked to for guidance in the area and had a major say of who would be part of the band. What amazes me (more than his playing, which was amazing all by it self) is he said a jazz drummer great! A flamingo guitar player, great! A singer who calls himself a poet and has never sung in any capacity, great! We got a band. it really taught me that bringing four different people from different backgrounds together can create something new and wonderful. He should always be remembered for this accomplishment and we should take it as a form into the future of music to create new sounds and commit together as a band with those who bring something new to the table for us and not to just play together but commit themselves musically as The Doors did. You could see that commitment in the splitting of royalties , written by The Doors. it shows that they weren't just jamming together as four different artists from different genres, but committed musically to each other to form a sound. Ray we thank you for the music that created the soundtrack for so many events in our lives. I know the first time I was flying into LA in my head was playing, I see your hair is burning and your Hills are filled with fire, if they say I never loved you, you know they are a liar.....driving ..no need to say anymore...its playing in your mind , right. ..lol I mean I know I can't write anything in comparison to that and the music driving force behind it. Thank you Ray!
























" - Dante Petruccelli (Chatham, NJ)
December 26, 2018 "To me the genius of the doors was Ray manzarek and his ability to put together four very different types of musicians. I believe this to be true because of the famous meeting with Jim Morrison on the Venice Beach. Upon hearing Jim sing Moonlight Drive Ray's response was let's start a band. He had to be the deciding factor and influence on who was going to be in the band. I've seen too many times where people like to stay in their comfort zone especially musically and would only form a band with musians of their own genre. Being older and coming up with the idea to form a band he must have been looked to for guidance in the area and had a major say of who would be part of the band. What amazes me (more than his playing, which was amazing all by it self) is he said a jazz drummer great! A flamingo guitar player, great! A singer who calls himself a poet and has never sung in any capacity, great! We got a band. it really taught me that bringing four different people from different backgrounds together can create something new and wonderful. He should always be remembered for this accomplishment and we should take it as a form into the future of music to create new sounds and commit together as a band with those who bring something new to the table for us and not to just play together but commit themselves musically as The Doors did. You could see that commitment in the splitting of royalties , written by The Doors. it shows that they weren't just jamming together as four different artists from different genres, but committed musically to each other to form a sound. Ray we thank you for the music that created the soundtrack for so many events in our lives. I know the first time I was flying into LA in my head what's playing, I see your hair is burning and your Hills are filled with fire, if they say I never loved you, you know they are a liar.....driving ...lol I mean I know I can't write anything in comparison to that and the music driving force behind it. Thank you Ray!
























" - Dante Petruccelli (Chatham, NJ)
October 11, 2018 "Rest In Peace Ray" - Anonymous (GA)
March 01, 2017 "I have been a fan of the Doors for years. It saddens me to think this great musician has passed from this life. RIP." - Vickie Bartley (Mena, AR)
December 27, 2016 "God bless you, Ray. May you rest in the eternal and glorious presence of God now and always!" - Will M. (Minneapolis, MN)
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Ray Manzarek, a founding member of the 1960s rock group The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complemented Jim Morrison's gloomy...
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