HOT BLAST: The Doors and their place in musical history
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Members of the Doors, from left, John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison, pose for a portrait. (AP Photo, File)
Members of the Doors, from left, John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison, pose for a portrait. (AP Photo, File)
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"Time flies when you're living life," Doors keyboardist and songwriter Ray Manzarek told Billboard two years ago. "I don't know what it feels like, but it feels like no more than five years ago. Everything just goes whooshing by, like a runaway locomotive or something. And then here I am at (then) 72, thinking, 'Holy cow, how did that happen?' "

Manzarek died Monday at age 74.

The New York Times obituary refers to his "quasi-Baroque introduction" to the band's 1967 hit “Light My Fire." The BBC quotes him saying, "The introduction to 'Light My Fire' was my little Bach study. I had a good time with that."

Manzarek's passing raises the question of where to put the Doors and their musical influence. Does it having staying power? Will it be remembered and studied in 100 years? Rolling Stone ranks them 41st in its listing of the top 100 artists, between Van Morrison and Simon and Garfunkel.

Feel free to add your two cents in the comments. Regardless, for one generation this song and TV appearance was groundbreaking.

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