We lost one of rock’s true greats today. Ray Mazarek died today, at age 74.
The Doors are one of the greatest and most influential bands in rock history. Apart from Jim’s singing, Ray’s keyboard playing pretty much defined their sound.
The Doors may have been the first rock band with mainstream success that featured keyboards as the lead instrument – a departure from the guitar, which dominated in pretty much every rock band before them. They set the mold for a rock band featuring a keyboard.
Guitar still reigns king, but for any band starting out with keyboard-dominated sound, regardless of genre, the shadow of The Doors and Manzarek’s playing looms large.
Stronger than dirt.