Ray Manzarek, legendary keys player of The Doors died on Monday from bile duct cancer. He was 74 years old.

Ray, a founding member of The Doors had a style of music that was a perfect match for the sullen Jim Morrison. Not having a bass player, Ray would play a piano bass while playing a combo organ at the same time. His ability to solo with immense feeling was unmatched by any keys player, in my opinion, ever. His style had a great mix of blues, psychedelic rock, and mood music.

Here is a perfect example of his amazing solos in this live version of ‘Light My Fire’ at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968..

Just an incredible musician and artist. Ray will forever be missed, and remembered for his virtuosity and great power to touch your soul through his playing.

Ray Manzarek

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