Tributes: Ray Manzarek

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A chance encounter between keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison led to their founding what would become The Doors.  As Jeff Jampol, who manages the Doors’ estate, said, “Ray was the catalyst, he was the galvanizer.  He was the one that took Jim by the hand and took the band by the hand, and always kept pushing.  Without that guiding force, I don’t know if the Doors would have been.”  And there might not have been “Light My Fire,” which would become so associated with the Summer of Love.  Ray Manzarek died recently at the age of 74.  You can hear his conversation with Leonard from January 2002, when he was here to talk about his novel, The Poet in Exile.


Ray Manzarek on the Leonard Lopate Show