Ray Mazarek co-founder of the legendary rock band “The Doors” has died at the age of 74. TMZ reported on Monday, May 20 that Manzarek passed away in Germany following a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer.
Manzarek was surrounded by his wife Dorothy, and his brothers Rick and James at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany at the time of his death according to The Doors’ official Facebook announcement earlier today.
Ray Manzarek is best known as the keyboardast and one of the co-founders, along with Jim Morrison of the 60s band “The Doors.”
The Doors consisted of vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception,” which itself was a reference to a William Blake quotation: “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
The Doors are best known iconic rock classics that include, “L.A. Woman,” “Break On Through to the Other Side,” “The End,” “Hello, I Love You,” and “Light My Fire.”
Nightclubs famous for housing legendary rock bands such as “The Doors,” the Sunset Strip and Whiskey a Go Go are paying tribute to the late Ray Manzarek on their infamous marquees throughout the rest of the week.
Rep’s for the night club’s reported to TMZ reporters that the marquee memorials will stay up tonight through Saturday — and every show in the meantime will be dedicated in Manzarek’s honor.
The rep says the club will also be briefly “going dark” tonight at 8 p.m. in a moment of silence in honor of Ray Manzarek.
The Doors were first signed to Elektra Records in 1966. The 1967 release of The Doors was the first in a series of top ten albums in the US, followed by Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone, with the band being the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold LPs according to Wikipedia.
Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger released a statement saying, “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and band mate Ray Manzarek.”
He added, “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”
Ray Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy Fujikawa, son, Pablo, and three grandchildren, Noah, Apollo and Camille.
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