Ray Manzarek Biography

Ray Manzarek Biography
Ray Manzarek (born February 12, 1939 in Chicago) was the keyboard player in the rock and roll band, The Doors, from 1965 to 1973 and again since 2001.
Manzarek also recorded a rock adaptation of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" with Philip Glass, produced Los Angeles band X, and played with Iggy Pop and backed San Francisco poet Michael McClure's poetry readings.

During his time with the Doors he is widely regarded as being one of the most influential keyboardists in rock and roll history by changing the spectrum of ability a keyboardist has. This is in part due to the fact that since the Doors lacked a basist Manzarek would often play those parts.

His autobiography entitled "Light My Fire" is among the most perceptive and beautiful accounts of the life and times of The Doors.

He is also currently directing a movie called Riders on the Storm, due to be released in 2005.

He is Polish-American.

In Oliver Stone's biopic "The Doors," Manzarek was played by Kyle MacLachlan.

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