The music world and many of us here at K-EARTH 101 were sad to hear the news that The Doors’ founding member and keyboardist Ray Manzarek passed away from cancer at the age of 74.
Many musicians and artists mourned the loss of this legendary musician who gave us so many timeless hits with The Doors and beyond. This morning, we’re taking a look back at the incredible talent and influence Ray was to music in honor of his memory.
Eleven years ago, Ray was the very first guest on the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show with Gary Bryan and Lisa Stanley where he played “Riders On The Storm” live in studio on a keyboard. Ray visited the morning show many times through the years, but one memorable interview we resurfaced today where Ray talked about the death of his friend and frontman of The Doors, Jim Morrison.
On whether he thought Morrison could have been saved, Ray told Gary that he believes he could have, but it was his rock and roll lifestyle that eventually caught up with him.
“Lay off the booze…lay off the white powders, don’t be shooting anything into your arm, don’t be snorting stuff, lay off the booze – have a glass a wine,” Ray said. “Don’t do excess. That’s what killed Jim – it was that rock and roll excess.”
Ray goes on to talk about the mysterious coincidence of multiple lead singers having died at the age of 27 like Morrison, including Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix.
“Something strange – lead singers…just couldn’t make it past that 27,” he told Gary. “Jim would have been fabulous had he lived. He would have been up on stage with us now.”
Listen to the complete clip with Ray on the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show below.
In a separate interview from October 2009, Ray talks about how The Doors came up with such a distinct sound with just four guys and how guitarist Robby Krieger was the “secret weapon” of the group.
K-EARTH 101’s Bob Malik reports about Ray’s death in his newscast featuring a clip of Ray talking at The Doors Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony: