Ray Manzarek Remembered By Colleagues and Fans
Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist for The Doors, died last week in Germany after a battle with cancer. He was 74.
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See also: Henry Rollins Remembers Ray Manzarek
Manzarek's melodies were the musical backbone for many of the Doors' most classic tunes, and he was well-regarded as a producer as well.
But there were many sides to the man, and below, historians, players and Doors fans reflect on him.
Matt Sorum, Velvet Revolver, Guns n' Roses, The Cult
"I feel so blessed and honored to have known Ray and had the chance to play with him. The musical vibe was magical. The pure essence of loosing yourself in the music. He [once] said to other musicians on-stage during rehearsal, 'Hey man, there's no rush. It's only time, and you'll feel it when the time is right.'
It was an inspiring moment in my musical career. See you at the righteous jam in the sky some day Ray. Jim is going to be so happy to see you."
Rodney Bingenheimer, KROQ
"Ray was the opening of the door to allow punk rock to be heard and exposed to mainstream media. Ray put up his own money to produce the first four X albums and always supported punk rock music and new wave bands. Ray was one of the very few things I even liked in the movie made about me. Ray was a humorous story-teller and reminded me of a KMET-FM DJ by the sound of his voice. I will always remember Ray. How ironic that he died in Germany and that Jim Morrison died in Paris. We will all miss him."
Exene Cervenka, X
"He's a magical person, a driving force in American culture. People did not understand my singing, the guitar sound. But he just corralled us a little bit."
"Ray was the most unique keyboard player in rock n' roll. His style of playing literally created the Doors' unmistakable sound. Ray gave The Doors that mysterious, jazzy, sexy sound. He was as poetic in his playing as Jim Morrison was in his lyrics. There will never be another Ray Manzarek."