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Ray Manzarek

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Birthday
12, 1939
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
May 20, 2013 (74)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
12, 1939
Birthplace
Chicago, IL
Death Date
May 20, 2013 (74)

About

Keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, an iconic rock band that was prevalent from 1965 until 1973. He wrote the infamous keyboard introduction to "Light My Fire," one of The Doors' biggest hits and was also a co-founder of Nite City and Manzarek-Krieger.

Before Fame

His original passion was basketball, but he quit his high school team when the coach pressed him to play the guard position instead of his preferred forward or center positions.

Trivia

He played The Doors' bass lines on his Fender Rhodes piano since the band didn't have a bassist.

Family Life

He married Dorothy Manzarek on December 21, 1967, and they had one son named Pablo.

Associated With

The Doors consisted of drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and singer and songwriter Jim Morrison.