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Ray Manzarek

American musician

Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr. (February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013) known as Ray Manzarek was an American musician, singer, music producer, movie director, and author. He was best known as a founding member and keyboardist of The Doors from 1965 to 1973. He was a co-founding member of Nite City from 1977 to 1978, and of Manzarek–Krieger from 2001 to his death.

Ray Manzarek
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Ray Manzarek in 2007
Background information
Birth nameRaymond Daniel Manzarek Jr.
Born(1939-02-12)February 12, 1939
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMay 20, 2013(2013-05-20) (aged 74)
Rosenheim, Germany
GenresPsychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock, jazz rock, hard rock, blues, jazz fusion, funk, rock and roll
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, filmmaker
InstrumentsMain: Keyboards, keyboard bass, vocals, Marxophone Occasional: guitar, percussion
Years active1961–2013
Associated actsThe Doors
Rick & the Ravens
Nite City
The Manzarek–Rogers Band
The Official Site of Ray Manzarek
Notable instruments
Vox Continental
Gibson G-101
Keyboard bass
RMI Electra Piano

On May 20, 2013, Manzarek died from bile duct cancer at a hospital in Rosenheim, Germany, aged 74.[1][2]


  1. "Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Passes Away at 74". The Doors Property, LLC. May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  2. "Keyboardist Ray Manzarek of The Doors dies at age 74". Reuters. May 13, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.

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