Keyboardist of The Doors and rock and roll legend, Ray Manzarek, has died in Germany. The remaining band members made the announcement today. Manzarek and Jim Morrison formed The Doors in 1965 and the band went on to become one of the most influential groups of the era, often noted as the definitive sound of the Vietnam War – a notion which the musicians themselves strongly refuted. Manzarek died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” said Doors guitarist Robby Krieger in a statement. “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’s signature was his classical ear and his unique style of playing, where he would play bass with his left hand and melodies and chords with his right.
Take a look back at Ray slamming out riffs with The Doors, live at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968.