I’ve played all the great Doors’ songs hundreds of times. At one time, I could even reproduce somewhat faithfully the entire two minute piano solo from Riders on the Storm. Ray Manzarek was a virtuouso keyboard player.
Manzarek's ability to cover left hand bass while he laid out those beautiful comps and melodies with his right hand was amazing. Try it. I dare you. It’s damned difficult to play either line solo. The guy played both lines in unison in live performance!
The Doors started life as a blues band. They covered quite a few Chicago blues standards, including Back Door Man. Ah, for the days when blues based rock and roll ruled the world!
Manzarek died at the age of 74. Just about in the age range in which you expect men to die. Most men are gone by the time they hit their early 80s. So, expect a deluge of departures by the 60s rock heroes over the next few years. That era is about to become a distant memory.
Without really meaning to do so, I’ve been studying Manzarek’s work for decades. All those bands that I played in had to have one or two Door’s songs in their repertoire. For good reason! (The Pup and I have been trying to convince the Old Dawgz to cover Riders on the Storm, but Big Joe has an inexplicable aversion to the song.)
RIP, Ray Manzarek.