Ray Manzarek, who passed away this Monday May 20th, is being recognized world-wide for his contributions to rock ‘n’ roll. News organizations from Albuquerque to Zambia are paying tributue to Manzarek, everything from Business Week to Al-Jazeera.
Let’s start with Robby Krieger he’s released another statement via his Facebook page.
Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison were the two most unusual people I have ever known. It didn’t take long to realize this about Jim. He was obviously a genius, and he worked hard at being different. Did a good job of it too. Ray on the other hand, was a late bloomer. I guess it took all of his [and our ] energies to keep Jim in line. The real Ray didn’t appear until after Jim was gone. He was constantly doing projects with different people, producing, playing with different poets. He always saw the good side of people, and that was his genius. He was the only guy at UCLA that saw something good about Jim. Everyone else thought of Jim as a phony or worse. He saw the genius of Jim’s words and the rest is history. Ray sure did influence my life, and I hope yours to. I’ll always be grateful to John for introducing me to Ray and Jim, and I’ll never forget them. – Robby Krieger, May 20, 2013
In the L.A. Times John Doe and Exene Cervanka did an interview with Pop & Hiss the L.A. Times music blog in X’s Exene Cervanka and John Doe Remember a Friend.
Twitter, that communication device that breaks down communication into 140 characters, its more famous members have been posting tributes.
“Absolutely stunned by the loss of my old friend
#RayManzarek of the @TheDoors… Stunned. RIP Ray”
Guns ‘n Roses guitarist Slash
“RIP Ray Manzarek … words cannot express … The Doors represent the LA sound to me. It was the 1st band I remember hearing when I came from England; ‘Light my fire,’ I’ll never forget.”
Joe Perry of Aerosmith
“I am very saddened by loss of Ray Manzarak now he’s with Jim. They mean as much to me today as they did 40 years ago,”
Krist Novoselic of Nirvana
“Thanks for the great music Ray Manzarek!”
“Sad to here about Ray Manzarek passing. I was lucky to get a chance to rock out with him & the other two Doors.. cheers mate say hi to Jim.”
Simon LeBon of Duran Duran
“Very sad to hear of the death of Ray Manzarek, founder & keyboards with The Doors. Played a Fender Rhodes like some funked up Bach. MCO”
Skrillex (Sonny Moore) who worked with the surviving members of The Doors on the song ‘Breakin’ a Sweat’
“This goes out to the Doors and all their fans. Was a dream come true creating “Breakn’ a Sweat together” . We love you Ray Manzarek ,RIP”
Randy Jackson, a judge on American Idol
“Wow, RIP ray manzarek. One of the greatest artists ever.”
The video in the left hand sidebar of this article, some behind the scenes video of Ray playing the keyboards for Weird Al Yankovic’s Craigslist. Thanks to Stan for the tip on the video.
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