Remembering Ray Manzarek
Today marks what would’ve been Ray Manzarek’s 75th birthday, which is certainly a reason to celebrate, but it’s a particularly poignant occasion this year, as it’s the first time that we’ve had to celebrate it without him.
Manzarek, who died on May 20, 2013 from bile duct cancer, was a founding member and the keyboardist of the Doors, of course, but his career extended beyond his work with Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore.
In addition, Manzarek also recorded a few solo albums, played in the band Night City, worked with Iggy Pop, Philip Glass, and Echo and the Bunnymen, produced the first four albums by X (Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun, and More Fun in the New World), and proved his adaptability by collaborating with artists ranging from “Weird Al” Yankovic to DJ Skrillex.
On top of that, he wrote his memoir (Light My Fire: My Life with the Doors) and a couple of novels (The Poet in Exile and Snake Moon), co-wrote and directed the film Love Her Madly, and... well, you get the idea: the dude was, without question, a creative force to be reckoned with.
In Mr. Manzarek’s absence, we present a playlist featuring some of the Doors’ best-known and most fondly-remembered tracks, with a few album cuts and live numbers added to the mix. As you listen, raise a glass to Ray, won’t you?