Ray Manzarek passes away
2013-05-20 by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF | 67 Comments

Ray Manzarek, one of the most talented keyboardists in the history of rock music, passed away today in Rosenheim, Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer at the age of 74.

In reflection of this tragic loss, fellow bandmate and guitarist Robby Krieger said he was "deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate." Later adding that he was thankful for having been able play alongside Manzarek for the last decade during The Doors' reunion tours. The mourning musician then ended by saying, "Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."

You can read more about Ray Manzarek and his death in this article: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ray-manzarek-doors-keyboardist-dead-at-74-20130520

Rock music certainly lost one of its most celebrated musicians today, but his memory and the legend of The Doors will always continue to live on through the music.

Band Page: The Doors

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2013
4424 Comments


I thought it would be nice if we all post links of our favourite songs by The Doors or from his other musical projects in his memory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_-HqcNum7M
"Not To Touch The Earth"

sideburndude
May 20th 2013
2782 Comments


Amazing man, RIP

DominionMM1
May 20th 2013
9926 Comments


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PbpRlqqzSD4

Digging: Townes Van Zandt - In The Beginning

peaks40
May 20th 2013
2759 Comments


can't give this enough R.I.P.'s damn

Epicenter
May 20th 2013
173 Comments


Fucking hell May! What made you a sadistic bitch against musicians.

RIP Ray.

Superspaz117
May 20th 2013
1 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DED812HKWyM
"Riders On The Storm"

icatchthirtythree
May 20th 2013
320 Comments


RIP

Treeman
May 20th 2013
1223 Comments


shit rip

FourthReich
May 20th 2013
17543 Comments


it's been a tough year. rip man, at least you can party with jim now.

Jethro42
May 20th 2013
12438 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGmAmJFUvzM

''The End''

RodTFD
May 20th 2013
102 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1h_HTZ2AmQ

"Maggie M'Gill"



NeoSpaz
May 20th 2013
4518 Comments


R.I.P

wacknizzle
May 20th 2013
13215 Comments


Such a bummer, he was an amazing keyboard player and I loved The Doors. Didn't know he was suffering from cancer either so this was a terrible surprise, RIP Ray.

Riders On The Storm was the first song I remembered hearing as a child and I was completely mesmerized. I love it to this day so much for that reason because it's such an amazing song.

Digging: Dioramic - Supra

demon of surveillance
May 20th 2013
822 Comments


RIP

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

PumpBoffBag
May 20th 2013
327 Comments


bad day for rock music. RIP

Gwyn.
May 20th 2013
15072 Comments


RIP

OmairSh
May 20th 2013
11034 Comments


Cancer gets another one. Sad sad news. RIP

Digging: Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2013
20857 Comments


I have always believed Manzarek was one of the most influential musicians of his time.

I saw an interview (from memory for a comedy show) he once did about a decade ago & an impromptu challenge gave him a toy mini-keyboard that you would give a 3 year old. You should have heard what Ray was able to get out of it.

Music just lost a very talented individual.

MO
May 20th 2013
18646 Comments


ugh this hits hard

RIP you keyboard wizard

Chrisjon89
May 20th 2013
3623 Comments


RIP. I'm on my phone so hard to link but my favourites are The Crystal Ship, Light My Fire and The End. The organ is more dominant on that album than the guitar. I'll spin some of their stuff later.

tragic.details
May 20th 2013
624 Comments


Damn, I idolized this guy when I first started listening to music.

R.I.P

SCREAMorphine
May 20th 2013
1752 Comments


This really sucks..
You've already added The End so I'll leave it at that.
RIP

Ire
May 20th 2013
41764 Comments


one of the best bassists of all time

p/ (psych)

MoosechriS
May 20th 2013
5008 Comments


Rip dude, gonna have to jam some doors when i get home from work.

Love basically everything they ever did, so would be hard pushed to pick a fave song. But right now id pick the changeling.

dimsim3478
May 20th 2013
5008 Comments


RIP

Digging: Little Big League - These Are Good People

VisceralUproar
May 20th 2013
161 Comments


He was still going strong and touring at that age? Impressive. A truly talented and dedicated individual. RIP

MunsuLight
May 20th 2013
561 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJQwnAhXnBk
"Break On Through (To The Other Side)"

RIP

Azn.
May 20th 2013
5609 Comments


RIP

dannyboy89
May 20th 2013
11960 Comments


RIP Ray, hopefully you're back with Morrison now.

Winrar
May 20th 2013
1722 Comments


lots of RIP wishes from me.

paulxc
May 20th 2013
21 Comments


RIP

WhiteNoise
May 20th 2013
3147 Comments


Definitely the best and most memorable keyboard player to exist in rock music.

R.I.P

crowing51
May 20th 2013
3453 Comments


rip the end definitely.

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

JohnXDoesn't
May 20th 2013
1279 Comments


produced the first four X albums.any news of his death should include this mention.

four of the best rock n roll albums of the last 40 years.

hear him play with the band here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xMrmmDaocw

rip X producer



Needsmoarbreakdowns
May 20th 2013
109 Comments


Only recently got into them, but they were amazing. RIP one hell of a keyboard player.

CrownOfMagnets
May 20th 2013
2258 Comments


He was a true legend. RIP

MosesMalone
May 20th 2013
1836 Comments


Alabama Song, Roadhouse Blues, Break on Through, Riders on the Storm, Love Me Two Times, I'm no big doors fanatic or anything, but these songs are all so amazing. What a shame, at least he made it to a ripe age.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2013
23816 Comments


rip buddy, good luck breaking on through to the other side

Scoot
May 20th 2013
17749 Comments


legend

rip

ReAnimator
May 20th 2013
315 Comments


RIP

peaks40
May 21st 2013
2759 Comments


The pen is mightier than the sword - Jim Morrison RIP again, blue day

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2013
6089 Comments


RIP......

Spinning "Riders of The Storm".

Digging: The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites

peaks40
May 21st 2013
2759 Comments


jamming to the end...

tommygun
May 21st 2013
24923 Comments


rip

Digging: Broods - Evergreen

henryChinaski
May 21st 2013
2755 Comments


RIP

manosg
May 21st 2013
6070 Comments


Really shit news. RIP friend.

Roadhouse Blues on his memory. "The future's uncertain and the end is always near."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ9GDiYU0-I



Digging: Saviour Machine - Saviour Machine I

feargm
May 21st 2013
316 Comments


Rest in peace.

Digging: Wolves in the Throne Room - Diadem of 12 Stars

CrazyFool84
May 21st 2013
1080 Comments


Rock in Peace, favourite rock keyboardist by a mile

NightProwler
May 21st 2013
6339 Comments


God damn. RIP so hard, Ray...

L.A. Woman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JskztPPSJwY

Digging: Mineral - The Power Of Failing

JohnXDoesn't
May 21st 2013
1279 Comments


good playing here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojBc4c1hX_4

JohnXDoesn't
May 21st 2013
1279 Comments


a small tribute page at the X site. honestly this is as big a part of his musical life as the Doors were. anyone interested in Ray and his playing and music should not overlook this vital part of his career, helping usher in the new and bold as the old died out. including his own "old" band. no "punk sucks" classic rock bullshit from him. its all about the music

http://xtheband.com/2013/05/21/r-i-p-ray/

cloudsofsunlight
May 21st 2013
2 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3hTQKl1RHA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The Piano Bird - live

rockandmetaljunkie
May 21st 2013
3302 Comments


Such an amazing keyboardist. One of my favorite keyboardists along with Jon Lord and Richard Wright.
Now he can go and jam with his pal.
RIP Mr Manzarek.

The End, fav Doors song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGmAmJFUvzM

BigPleb
May 21st 2013
36568 Comments


RIP so hard.

Been jamming Doors all day, definitely take their place as one of the best bands ever.

Digging: Arc Iris - Arc Iris

BigPleb
May 21st 2013
36568 Comments


Yeah, their time was short lived but had such an impact on American society and music at the time.

Check this interview of Jim Morrison, never seen someone so baked in my life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAsFFxTyHJA

BigPleb
May 21st 2013
36568 Comments


I think he kinda aimed to have a short but very chaotic and interesting life. But yeah, still waste of talent whatever way you look at it.

NoXoR
May 21st 2013
25 Comments


Lets not make this about Jim, but he did say he was going to "get his kicks before the whole shithouse went up in flames." Man had a death wish, i'm just glad he had any musical career at all.

Regardless, Ray was the soul glue of The Doors, and he will be sorely missed. The Doors: Myths and Reality makes a fine listen on this occasion.

Favourite song: The End.

RIP Ray

BenMorrison
May 21st 2013
185 Comments


My all time favorite song


The End

Sail far away on your crystal ship, until you reach the endless night
Mr. Mojo Risin' will be there and you'll meet thousands of girls, thousands of thrills

R.I.P Ray Manzarek
What a life-affirming person you are
see ya!




tresm87
May 21st 2013
832 Comments


pioneer

Digging: Texas In July - Bloodwork

Nagrarok
May 21st 2013
8245 Comments


He was the musical backbone of The Doors. R.I.P.

YouGotLucky
May 21st 2013
946 Comments


Always loved the doors.

TheEarthVolta
May 21st 2013
13 Comments


What the fuck. RIP Ray, you'll be missed man.

tacos N stuff
May 21st 2013
359 Comments


RIP :[

DUIF
May 21st 2013
21 Comments


They made a napalm attack look really cool!
This the end...

The Doors will live forever.

bringitondown1
May 21st 2013
15 Comments


say hello to jim! rip ray =(

evilford
May 21st 2013
22549 Comments


RIP hard

Digging: Thormenthor - Abstract Divinity

joshieboy12345
May 22nd 2013
5370 Comments


RIP



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