When most people think of The Doors, they understandably hear the haunting voice of Jim Morrison. However, that voice was just part of the magic potion forged by the Latin-tinged drumming of John Densmore and the jazz-influenced guitar of Robby Krieger.
Yet one of the group’s unique features was the absence of a bass guitarist. That roll was handled by keyboardist Ray Manzarek (pictured seated above), who used a Rhodes Piano Bass to great effect. He also championed the Vox Continental organ, a favourite of psychedelic bands of the day.
It’s Manzarek’s calliope-like intro that kickstarts the band’s most famous tune Light My Fire, and his moody groove that propels Riders on the Storm.