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 Ray Manzarek, Jr

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Ray Manzarek, Jr

  • Original Name Raymond Daniel
  • Birth 12 Feb 1939 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 20 May 2013 Rosenheim, Rosenheimer Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 110887909

Rock Musician. A keyboardist, he was a founding member of seminal 1960's rock band "The Doors". From 1962 to 1965, he studied at the Department of Cinematography at UCLA, where he met film student Jim Morrison. Later on, they met by chance on Venice Beach, California where Morrison said he had written some songs and sang one of them for Manzarek, who liked the song and co-founded the Doors with Morrison at that moment. In early 1966, The Doors were hired to be the house band of the Whiskey a Go-Go club on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. After a few months of live shows, Elektra Records head Jac Holzman discovered and signed them. They went on to record the albums 'The Doors' and 'Strange Days' in 1967, followed by 'Waiting For the Sun' (1968), 'The Soft Parade' (1969), 'Morrison Hotel' (1970) and 'L.A. Woman' (1971). Following Morrison's death in July of 1971, Ray Manzarek embarked on a solo career recording 'The Golden Scarab' (1973), 'The Whole Thing Started With Rock & Roll Now It's Out of Control' (1974) and 'Carmina Burana (1983) and went on to produce and back such musical artists such as "X" and "Echo and the Bunnymen". Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 as a member of The Doors, he revived the Doors in a fashion in the 2000s, playing a number of shows with Doors bandmate guitarist Robbie Kreiger. Ray Manzarek died from cancer of the bile duct in Germany in May 2013.

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  • Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 20 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110887909
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Manzarek, Jr (12 Feb 1939–20 May 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110887909, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.