- NAME: Ray Manzarek
- OCCUPATION: Music Producer, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: February 12, 1939
- DEATH DATE: May 20, 2013
- EDUCATION: University of California, Los Angeles, DePaul University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- PLACE OF DEATH: Rosenheim, Germany
- Full Name: Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr.
- AKA: Raymond Daniel Manczarek
- AKA: Ray Manczarek
- AKA: Raymond Manczarek
- AKA: Ray Manzarek
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Ray Manzarek was a co-founder of the Doors, a 1960s rock band. His keyboard skills helped turn Doors songs like "Light My Fire" into huge hits.
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Though his life was filled with a multitude of other accomplishments, Manzarek is best known as a member of one of the most successful bands the world has ever seen. The Doors have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, been immortalized in an Oliver Stone film and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Being a part of a success like the Doors is something few musicians get the chance to experience, and Manzarek was proud of that legacy.
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