Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Nov 13, 2023 16:11:39 GMT
The Wedding Day December 21 of 1967
December 21, 1967. Ray Manzarek and Dorothy Fujikawa are married at the Los Angeles courthouse with Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson serving as witnesses. In Ray's words, "We had such fun on that winter solstice day in 1967. A silly, brief ceremony at City Hall, and then off to Olvera Street - the old Mexican center of LA - for margaritas and enchiladas at La Golondrina Cafe. It's still there. Visit it when you're in LA. And toast the four of us as we laughed and celebrated life and love."
Jim & Pam were witnesses and the Manczarek brothers Jim and Rick were in attendance with their partners. Whether Robbie & John were there is unknown but I would imagine so as this bloke made them millionaires so it was the least they could do.
I have a lot of respect for Dorothy as The Doors would not have existed if not for her. She bankrolled Ray & Jim in the earliest of the bands History, going to work while they just slobbed about looking clever around Muscle Beach and the boardwalk. We know from his college records he had a job in LA with Bank Of America but that is the only reference to Ray actually working for a living.
She introduced them to Berthold Brecht helping to mould their early sound. I'm sure there is a ton of stuff she did we will never hear about but I'm sure that without her early efforts those two would have just become beach bums and I would not be typing this.