The Doors’ Manzarek, guest guitarist Marc Benno remember Jim Morrison

Singer, lyricist, poet, shaman, sex symbol: Jim Morrison was all of these and more during his career with The Doors. Since Morrison’s mysterious death in Paris at age 27 on July 3, 1971, his legend has grown, thanks in part to those who recorded and performed with him sharing memories of their personal and creative moments.

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek often paints a big-screen picture when discussing his experiences with Morrison. That’s only natural, considering Manzarek met Morrison while they were students at UCLA’s film school.

Their first performance together is chronicled in great detail early on in Manzarek’s book Light My Fire: My Life With The Doors (published in 1998). Manzarek, who, as Screaming Ray Daniels, sang with a band called Rick and the Ravens (that featured his two younger brothers), was playing a gig at a place called the Turkey Joint West in Santa Monica, Calif. Morrison and some other UCLA film students were in the crowd, and Manzarek could hear Morrison calling out for “Louie Louie” from the back of the room.

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