Doors founder Ray Manzarek [pictured on the right] died Monday in Germany following a long battle with cancer, reports NPR. He was 74. Originally from Chicago's south side, the keyboardist moved to Los Angeles and recruited Jim Morrison to be in the Los Angeles-based band in 1965. The rest is history. Manzarek's musical skills, which were heavily influenced by blues and jazz, are evident in Doors hits like "Light My Fire" and "Break on Through (to the Other Side)." Following Morrison's death in 1971, the Doors went on to produce two albums together before they went their separate ways. Manzarek kept busy recording solo albums, producing, and collaborating with other key musicians. His 1998 autobiography, Light My Fire with the Doors, garnered critical acclaim.