Ray Manzarek

2007 Mojo Music Awards Honours List - Arrivals

Birth Name: Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr.

Date of Birth: February 12, 1939

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: May 20, 2013

Place of Death: Rosenheim, Germany

Ethnicity: Polish

Ray Manzarek was an American musician, singer, producer, film director, and writer. He was known as a founding member and keyboardist of The Doors, a band whose members also included John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Jim Morrison.

Ray was the son of Helen (Kolenda) and Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Sr.

Ray’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Manczarek and Stella Wojciechowske/Wojciechowski/Wojcizchowski.

Ray’s maternal grandparents were John Kolenda and Helen Drapczunska/Drapczynska.

Sources: Ray’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ray’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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