It is with great sadness that we heard news of the passing of The Doors’ keyboard player Ray Manzarek this week. Early in The Stranglers’ career, there were frequent comparisons made with The Doors, mostly based on the keyboard sound. When Dave heard of Ray’s passing, he said: It was with great sorrow I heard about Ray’s demise. Not only were The Doors a big influence on the band in the early days, but Ray’s and my styles are very similar. May he rest in peace. – Dave Greenfield.
As JJ mentioned in his latest ratter about Black and White, the instrumental section of The Doors ‘Light My Fire’ was the template for the band’s reworking of Walk On By. RIP Ray.