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Ray Manzarek, Jr
Original name: Raymond Daniel Manzarek
Birth: Feb. 12, 1939
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 20, 2013
Rosenheim
Rosenheimer Stadtkreis
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany

Rock Musician. A keyboardist, he was a founding member of seminal 1960's rock band "The Doors". From 1962 to 1965, he studied at the Department of Cinematography at UCLA, where he met film student Jim Morrison. Later on, they met by chance on Venice Beach, California where Morrison said he had written some songs and sang one of them for Manzarek, who liked the song and co-founded the Doors with Morrison at that moment. In early 1966, The Doors were hired to be the house band of the Whiskey a Go-Go club on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. After a few months of live shows, Elektra Records head Jac Holzman discovered and signed them. They went on to record the albums 'The Doors' and 'Strange Days' in 1967, followed by 'Waiting For the Sun' (1968), 'The Soft Parade' (1969), 'Morrison Hotel' (1970) and 'L.A. Woman' (1971). Following Morrison's death in July of 1971, Ray Manzarek embarked on a solo career recording 'The Golden Scarab' (1973), 'The Whole Thing Started With Rock & Roll Now It's Out of Control' (1974) and 'Carmina Burana (1983) and went on to produce and back such musical artists such as "X" and "Echo and the Bunnymen". Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 as a member of The Doors, he revived the Doors in a fashion in the 2000s, playing a number of shows with Doors bandmate guitarist Robbie Kreiger. Ray Manzarek died from cancer of the bile duct in Germany in May 2013. (bio by: Louis Mata) 
 
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 Parents:
  Raymond Daniel Manczarek (1914 - 1987)
  Helen Kolenda Manczarek (1918 - 2012)
 
Burial:
Unknown
Plot: Cremated
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Louis Mata
Record added: May 20, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110887909
Ray Manzarek, Jr
Added by: Louis Mata
 
Ray Manzarek, Jr
Added by: Louis Mata
 
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Ray,You are greatly missed by many around this world. God Bless you in Heaven and your loved ones during this Christmas season.Love,Chelsea
- Chelsea
 Added: Dec. 10, 2014

- Norm
 Added: Dec. 2, 2014

- Joanne
 Added: Nov. 30, 2014
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