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Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr.  02-12-1939 to 05-20-2013.

Ray Manzarek passed away on May 20, 2013, at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.   “I was deeply sadden…ed to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” said Krieger. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.” Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo’s wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek’s name at

Ultimate Classic Rock The Doors have easily earned induction into the 100-percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, brushing aside Jimi Hendrix along the way. Both came of musical age in the late ’60s, helping to define the emerging youth culture — and both Hendrix and Doors frontman a Jim Morrison [...]
Tue, Jan 27, 2015
Ultimate Classic Rock Jimi Hendrix and the Doors have made it to the finals in our latest round of voting for the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame — but only one of them will earn induction. Neither act has had it easy in our 100-percent fan-voted competition, but they’ve both earned [...]
Tue, Jan 20, 2015
Robby Krieger
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images The Doors’ “quiet one,” guitarist Robby Krieger may have lacked the opinionated confidence of drummer John Densmore or the sheer verbosity of keyboardist Ray Manzarek. And, of course, all three men were eclipsed by the blinding rock star charisma of singer Jim Morrison – but Krieger was arguably [...]
Sat, Jan 17, 2015
Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images The Doors packed a lot of great music into six albums and five short years. But working at the speed they did — two albums in 1967 and one every year after that through 1971, plus a consistent touring and promotional schedule — a few less-than-stellar [...]
Fri, Jan 16, 2015
Keystone/Hulton Archive, Getty Images
As tough as they wanted to appear, the gritty punch of the Rolling Stones was no match for the power of Ed Sullivan. On Jan. 15, 1967, the Stones were all set to grace the Sullivan stage for their fourth appearance when they ran into a snag. There to perform a [...]
Thu, Jan 15, 2015
The battle-tested Creedence Clearwater Revival move on to face the Doors in the semifinal round of the 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame. Creedence got there by besting Deep Purple in a tightly contested ballot, winning 53 percent of the vote. The Doors, meanwhile, easily dispatched Jeff Beck [...]
Tue, Jan 13, 2015
The Doors
Elektra Records When the Doors entered a Hollywood recording studio to make their debut album at the end of August 1966, they knew what they wanted. Months of serving as house band at the Whisky a Go Go had sharpened their playing and performing skills to the point where one member [...]
Sun, Jan 04, 2015
Ultimate Classic Rock The place in the musical world where rock mixed with psychedelic drugs and leaned towards jazz is the focus on this first-round battle in the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame. Be prepared to vote for either the Doors or Jeff Beck. Fronted by the charismatic Jim Morrison, the [...]
Sat, Jan 03, 2015
Jim Morrison
Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images Jim Morrison was already in a headlong downward spiral by the time he performed his final show with the Doors. Mired in a losing battle with alcohol, the troubled singer had multiple legal woes hanging over his head when he took the stage at the [...]
Fri, Dec 12, 2014
Jim Morrison mugshot New Haven 1967
One of the most mythologized and romanticized figures in rock history, Doors front man Jim Morrison possessed a deep-seated anti-authoritarian streak that repeatedly landed him in trouble. On Dec. 9, 1967, the rebellious rocker was arrested at a Doors gig in New Haven, Conn., earning him the dubious distinction of [...]
Tue, Dec 09, 2014
Ultimate Classic Rock
Membership in the so-called ’27 Club,’ made up of music stars who tragically died at that age, continues to grow — making it difficult to keep up with this historical oddity. Whether by misadventure, accidental or violent means, a striking number of very famous people met their end on the [...]
Fri, Dec 05, 2014
Rock star mug shots
Are you really a rock star if you haven’t been arrested? These infamous run ins with the law certainly make the case, as some of music’s very biggest stars posed for jailhouse photos after getting busted by the cops. From Mick Jagger to Ozzy Osbourne, Kurt Cobain to Tommy Lee, [...]
Thu, Dec 04, 2014
Jim Morrison
Elektra Records There’s no denying that Doors singer Jim Morrison was one of the most charismatic front men of his generation. Unfortunately he was one of the most troubled, too. The singer had a terrible alcohol problem that played a big role in his repeated arrests, including one on Nov. 11, [...]
Tue, Nov 11, 2014
Eagle Rock Entertainment “It’s a fictional documentary,” Jim Morrison says in a clip from the lost 1968 Doors tour documentary ‘A Feast Of Friends.’ “I can’t say too much about it, because we’re not really making it. It’s just kind of making itself.” Forty-six years later, the restored and remastered film is [...]
Sun, Nov 09, 2014
Jemal Countess / Mark Metcalfe / Ian Gavan, Getty Images When Sammy Hagar agrees to be your MC, you know you’re about to throw a terrific party — and this year’s Classic Rock Awards were definitely a night to remember for the winners, whose ranks included Gregg Allman, Queen and Metallica. Allman took [...]
Wed, Nov 05, 2014


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