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What a shame about Ray

Rob Steen, Rock's Backpages, 21 May 2013

"RAY RIP", texted my long-time muso pal Graham at 7am. Since neither of us, to my almost certain knowledge, has ever befriended a Raymond, my reply was instant, if incredulous: "Manzarek?" Still, only when this was confirmed did I allow my heart to sink. Having spent three decades watching him being interviewed on TV, video and DVD, ageing barely a jot and seldom coming across as anything less than the most idealistic and enthusiastic man on the planet, it hardly seemed possible.

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