Raymond Daniel Manzarek Jr is an American musician, singer, producer, director and author. He is best known as a member of The Doors from 1965 to 1973, which he co-founded with singer and lyricist Jim Morrison. Manzarek was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 as a member of The Doors. He was co-founder of Nite City from 1977 to 1978, and of Manzarek - Krieger from 2001 until his death in 2013. USA Today has defined him as "one of the best keyboardists. Most ever."
|Born||Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr, February 12, 1939, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died||May 20, 2013, Rosenheim, Germany|
|Occupation||Musician, producer, songwriter|
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.
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.
He played The Doors' bass lines on his Fender Rhodes piano since the band didn't have a bassist.
He married Dorothy Manzarek on December 21, 1967, and they had one son named Pablo.
American jazz player. The members of the doors. American rock pianist. American blues pianist. Illinois jazz musician. Americans play the organ. Artists of Elektra Records. American rock player on keyboard. Los Angeles director. Alumni of DePaul University. Alumni of UCLA Film School. Chicago singer. California Record Makers