Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away May 20. He was 74 and had been battling cancer. Manzarek and singer/front man Jim Morrison formed The Doors in 1965 and it became one of the most successful rock acts to emerge from the decade. In 1993, the band was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Manzarek’s keyboard work was one of the band’s key elements, carrying the melody of its biggest hit, “Light My Fire,” and other high-profile songs including “L.A. Woman,” “Break On Through,” “The End,” and “Hello, I Love You.”
Manzarek became one of the most influential keyboardists in rock and later was a best-selling author and Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. His most-recent album, 2011’s Translucent Blues, was a collaboration with slide guitarist Roy Rogers.