A great fire has gone out with the death of Ray Manzarek Monday at age 74. More than four decades after the death of Jim Morrison ended the classic lineup of the Doors, Manzarek remains the most listened-to and admired keyboard soloist in rock history...even if that legacy was one he sometimes professed not to care that much about.
"You don't make music for immortality, you make music for the moment — for the sheer joy of being alive on planet earth," he said in 2009. Manzarek may not have courted immortality, but thanks to a set of recordings destined to be rediscovered by new generations of enthusiasts for decades and centuries to come, he's going to have it conferred upon him anyway.
As fans well know, he wasn't just a great organ and piano player, but a great bass player, too — of sorts. Lonnie Mack played a bit of bass guitar on the Doors' albums, but for the most part, the configuration was the same on record as it was live: no true bass, with Manzarek more than filling in theRead More »from Ray Manzarek's Seven Most Fiery Doors Moments