Update from Ray’s facebook page:
David Dutkowski here. Ray’s webmaster and personal archivist. It is with such a heavy heart that I post this today..
Ray passed away today at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.
“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” said Krieger. “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.”
Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo’s wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek’s name at www.standup2cancer.org
Today famous keyboardist for The Doors, Ray Manzarek, passed on.
In this nifty youtube video Ray explains that the keyboard work in Light My Fire was a homage to John Coltrane. Manzarek played bass lines for most Doors tunes on his Fender Rhodes.
Here he plays with the rest of the band in 1968. Jim Morrison walks around giving audience members a chance to scream into the mic. There’s even an odd moment when he crawls under the stage as if to hide. Not to worry. Everything comes together in the end.
I hope I don’t offend any die-hard Doors fans but – – I’m tossing this spoofy Yankovic tune in here, too. It certainly wouldn’t bother Ray. He played the keyboards on this!
R.I.P. Ray Manzarek and thanks for all the music.
Ray Manzarek, founding member and keyboardist of the Doors, dies at 74 at sfgate