Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek

  • Highest Rated: 92% Obscene (2008)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Deal of the Century (1983)
  • Birthday: Feb 12, 1939
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Glowingly described by one music journalist as "One of the most influential keyboard players in the history of rock," Ray Manzarek achieved a surprisingly diverse series of musical accomplishments, but is best known as the keyboardist for the psychedelic rock band the Doors, a position he held from 1965 through 1973 (two years after Jim Morrison's death). Though originally a law student, and then a film student at UCLA, Windy City native Manzarek remained wholly fascinated by music, especially boogie woogie; the UCLA tenure introduced him to fellow students and Jim Morrison and Robby Krieger. Sensing a common thread, the three teamed up with drummer John Densmore to form the Doors and quickly connected with the youth movement, who turned them into rock icons. Following Morrison's untimely death in 1971, the band attempted to remain together with Manzarek on vocals, but the attempts failed to match the emotional power of the original ensemble and the Doors quickly dissolved.In subsequent years, Manzarek branched out into numerous directions, with varying degrees of success; he first issued a series of solo albums, then formed the short-lived ensemble Ray Manzarek's Nite City in the late '70s, an outfit with a very terse lifespan. In the '80s and '90s, Manzarek's accomplishments included contributing to the punk act X's seminal LP Los Angeles (1980) as a producer, issuing a solo album about minstrels and opera entitled Carmina Burana (1983), and collaborating with beat poet Michael McClure on the avant-garde release Love Lion (1993), as well as issuing a Doors tribute album. The keyboardist expressed extreme dislike of the Oliver Stone-directed Jim Morrison biopic The Doors (1991).Cinematically, Manzarek made the majority of his appearances in Doors performance films, though he authored the soundtrack to the 2000 feature Love Her Madly and participated as an interviewee in the 2007 documentary Obscene, about Grove Press founder Barney Rosset. Manzarek went back into the studio with slide guitarist Roy Rogers for the 2011 album Translucent Blues, which reached No. 3 on the Roots Music Report's Top 100 Roots Rock Albums of 2011. Sadly, Manzarek died in May of 2013 after a long battle with bile duct cancer at the age of74.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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57% Re:Generation Ray Manzarek 2012
No Score Yet The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin - The Story of LA Woman Actor 2011
61% When You're Strange Actor 2010
92% Obscene Actor 2008
No Score Yet Summer of Love: 40th Anniversary Concert Actor 2007
87% Mayor of the Sunset Strip Actor 2004
No Score Yet Doors of the 21st Century - L.A. Woman Live Actor 2004
No Score Yet Doors - Soundstage Performances Actor 2002
No Score Yet Love Her Madly Director Screenwriter 2000
No Score Yet Turtles: Happy Together Director 1991
No Score Yet Doors The Soft Parade: A Retrospective Actor Director 1991
No Score Yet X: The Unheard Music Actor 1986
11% Deal of the Century Charlie Simbo 1983
No Score Yet Doors - The Doors Are Open Actor 1968
No Score Yet The Doors: Live in Europe Director 1968

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No Score Yet American Masters
2001
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