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Jac Holzman Pays Tribute to Ray Manzarek of The Doors

on May 23, 2013 - 10:15am

The man who signed The Doors to Elektra Records in 1966, Jac Holzman, has paid tribute to the band's keyboard player Ray Manzarek, who died today aged 74.

Holzman, 81, submitted the below statement to Music Week this evening.

Ray Manzarek died in Germany at 12:31pm UK time last night, surrounded by his family, following a battle with cancer.

Manzarek was a founding member of The Doors, who were born in 1965 after singer Jim Morrison met film studies student Manzarek on Venice Beach in Los Angeles.

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Billboard Celebrates The Doors On Jim Morrison's Birthday

on December 8, 2015 - 12:00am

Check out Billboard's feature on 10 classic tracks from The Doors in honor of what would have been Jim Morrison's 72nd birthday.

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The Doors: Biography

on November 14, 2010 - 12:00am

When The Doors topped the charts at #1 in July 1967 with “Light My Fire,” it was the supreme validation for Jac Holzman after 16 years of nurturing Elektra Records.  Elektra would no longer be perceived as “a small independent folk label.”  The Doors changed Elektra’s trajectory forever.

Taken from their self-titled debut album, “Light My Fire” was barely off the charts when Strange Days was released, proving that The Doors were no mere one-shot band.