He hadn't been sure to how to take it when I told him that I'd had a 'Manzarek' bumper sticker personally made for my car in the mid-1980s. At the time, Morrison bumper stickers were common and I thought it would be both funny and appropriate that someone recognize another member of the group. We agreed that 'Manzarek' sounded like someone running for county freeholder more than a rock musician with 100 million records sold.
On a reflective day, I'm inclined to think of The Doors as anything but a rock 'n' roll band. Sure, they played the blues and a couple R'n'R standards, but they did something far beyond what people think of as rock 'n' roll.
In all my years of writing around music -- I count 25 or so -- no band has generated the bi-polar love and rage that is an average discussion about the Doors. All I can say to people who think they were undeserving of the good words written about them: well, you're wrong.
Here are 25 songs that I associate with Ray Manzarek and his organ-y and piano-y skills.
25) Close To You: ItRead More »from Ray Manzarek -- The Organ Master