Today, 2/12/18 would have been Ray Manzarek’s 79th birthday, and The Doors Examiner is celebrating that by connecting you with some of the favorite articles I’ve done over the years.
If you want a straightforward bio of Ray there’s the article Ray Manzarek’s Biography.
As everyone is aware Ray was born in Chicago and in that vein we have two articles that explore Ray’s Chicago experience from two different perspectives. The first Ray Manzarek’s Chicago has a few pictures of Ray’s childhood stomping grounds, his parent’s house, the elementary school he attended (right across the street from his house), the playground he hung out. The second perspective is an interview with the Illinois Entertainer.
If you want to hear Ray talking about his life in his own words there’s some video from “Myth and Reality” in Ray Manzarek Reminisces.
I would be remiss if we failed to mention some of Ray’s post-Doors work such as with beat poet Michael McClure and “Piano Poems.” Ray also played with blues guitarist Roy Rogers, they released albums such as “Translucent Blues” and toured together. One of the last things Ray did was to appear on former U.C.L.A friend and poet Michael C. Ford’s “Look Each Other in the Ears.”
Finally, if you want to hear Ray talk about the music of The Doors and how the group put together their songs there’s Ray Manzarek Breaks it Down.
Thank you Ray and Happy Birthday!
Note: a lot of The Doors Examiner articles appear in “The Doors Examined” which is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble (in quality paperback and Kindle versions). The short stories of Jim Cherry have started appearing in the Medium publication Scattered Stories. So far “The Captured Dead” and “Rock and Roll Dreams” have been published with more to come!