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Ray Manzarek RIP

The iconic keyboard player for the Doors has died at the age of 74. After a lengthy battle, cancer took him in Germany.

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-05-21

Manzarek met singer Jim Morrison at the UCLA film school, and the two formed one of the most influential bands of the 60s. Manzarek's organ, featured on such hits as "Light My Fire," is one of the era's defining sounds.

Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): The Doors

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