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Ray Manzarek Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 12 February 1939Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 20 May 2013Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany  (bile duct cancer)
Birth NameRaymond Daniel Manczarek Jr.
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ray Manzarek was born on February 12, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr. He was married to Dorothy Manzarek. He died on May 20, 2013 in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany.

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Manzarek (21 December 1967 - 20 May 2013) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Would incorporate the works of Coltrane and other jazz artists into his organ solos. (The Coltrane allusion specifically refers to block and minor chord vamping behind long instrumental solos and is associated with Coltrane's 1960 version of "My Favorite Things" and its influence on The Doors' "Light My Fire".)
His glasses

Trivia (12)

Keyboard player with The Doors.
Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Doors) in 1993.
Is of Polish descent
Attended UCLA film school with fellow The Doors band member Jim Morrison--Ray for a Master of Fine Arts, Morrison for an undergraduate degree.
Resides in Napa County, California.
Grew up on the south side of Chicago.
He and The Doors were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6901 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA.
Longtime collaborator with Robby Krieger.
Manager was Tom Vitorino.
He played keyboards on 'Weird Al' Yankovic's "Craigslist", his style parody of The Doors.
Ray was a good friend of movie producer Wes Rehberg.
Ray was at the first birthday party of Stacey, one of movie producer Wes's Rehberg's daughters.

Personal Quotes (6)

Maybe, maybe we can make the world a better place to live and to love and to get high...'cause it sure ain't that now, man!
Johnny Depp has beatnik blood.
When I got the call to say Jim [Jim Morrison] had died in Paris I refused to take it seriously. Our manager, Bill Siddons, flew to Paris to establish the truth--but by the time he got there Jim had been buried. The coroner said that death was due to a hemorrhage brought on by a heart attack, which was caused by taking a too-hot bath after a heavy drinking spree.
I miss him [Jim Morrison] every day. What great company he was. Talk about going to the pub and having a couple of beers with the guy--Morrison was perfect. He's been haunting me for some 40 years now, and I miss him every day.
[on collaborating with slide-guitar master Roy Rogers] It's simple. You just change focus and adjust your mind. It's as easy as taking off your Giants cap and putting on your Dodgers cap. Everybody loves a blues show. Republicans and Democrats, alike, love the blues.
I'm just a '60s kind of guy. It's all love and peace. People say all my playing still sounds like The Doors, but did I sound like The Doors or did The Doors sound like me?

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