Editor’s note: Doors keyboardist and founding member Ray Manzarek was born on February 12, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. To mark the occasion we’re posting some classic Doors Examiner articles about Ray’s life and times, before The Doors, during, and after. Thanks for the music, Ray!
On the eve of his 73rd birthday, former Chicagoan Ray Manzarek and co-founder-keyboardist of The Doors has a cover story and interview in the February 2012 Illinois Entertainer.
The Entertainer’s interview with Manzarek is reprinted in full online, Cover Story: The Doors. In it Manzarek talks about his childhood in Chicago and going to blues clubs to see Muddy Waters, and recording “L.A. Woman.” Oddly, the interview sounds a little contentious and the interviewer admits to a miscommunication with Manzarek.
Originally published February 11, 2012.