Legendary keyboardist Ray Manzarek has passed away at the age of 74. Known worldwide for the soulful eeriness of his preferred Fender Rhodes keyboard, and inspired by the lyrics of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek laid the foundation of sound for The Doors. Ray and Jim met by chance in 1965 at Venice beach, both attending the University of California in Los Angeles. Together with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, they built their sound around the poetry of lead singer Jim Morrison. The band broke through with “Break On Through to the Other Side”, then rocketed to stardom in 1967 with the hit single “Light My Fire”. Other hits followed. “The End”,“Touch Me”, “Riders On The Storm”, “People Are Strange” were most notable. Their touring history, highlighted with Jim’s on stage antics, kept the band in the spotlight and peaked with the supposed incident during their Miami concert. It was his Florida arrest for indecent exposure that ejected the band off tour. Needing a break, Jim visited Paris and unexpectedly died. Without Jim, they produced a couple more albums “Other Voices” and “Full Circle”. The 80’s saw Ray grow into a new role producing four albums with the punk group X. In 2002, he and Robbie regrouped as “Doors of the 21st Century” with Ian Astbury playing the role of Jim. Born February 12, 1939 in Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son Pablo, three grandchildren, and brothers Rick and James.