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The Doors' Ray Manzarek Dies
Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and founding member of the Doors Ray Manzarek died May 20 in Germany following a battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. Formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by John Densmore (drums), Robby Krieger (guitar), Manzarek (keyboards), and Jim Morrison (vocals), the Doors released six albums to chart in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 before Morrison's death in July 1971, including their 1967 self-titled debut, which was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2002. The album featured the No. 1 hit "Light My Fire," also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1998. The band's final album with Morrison, 1971's L.A. Woman, peaked at No. 9 on the strength of the Top 20 hits "Love Her Madly" and "Riders On The Storm," the latter of which was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. In 1993 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Doors were honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Separate from his legacy with the Doors, Manzarek produced one of punk's seminal albums, Los Angeles by X, in 1980.