Ray was the galvanizer," says Jeffrey Jampol, manager of the Doors since 2003 and a producer of the 2010 Grammy Award-winning documentary on the band, "The Doors: When You're Strange." "Jim Morrison had the vision and Ray pushed it. He wouldn't let adversity stop them. Without Ray, the Doors would not be possible."
Ray Manzarek, whose artistic life beyond the Doors included punk rock, Beat poetry, filmmaking and the blues, died May 20 at a medical clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after battling bile duct cancer. He was 74.