Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Aug 10, 2023 15:21:50 GMT
Ray Manczarek joined his brothers band in 1962 and became the bands leader shortly after that. He had already had some experience leading a band the year before with his UCLA jazz trio. After signing a contract with Aura Records the band produce three singles and Ray's alter ego 'Screamin' Ray Daniels' was always at the fore.
Signing for membership of the American TV & Radio Artists. Similar to our Musicians Union.
The photo is interesting as it seems to show only 2 of the three Manczarek's. Rick in the light, suit guitar & Ray or Jim Manczarek piano?
The rest are Vince Thomas drums, Patrick Stonier saxophone and Roland Biscaluz bass guitar.
Unless of course Jim is at the piano and Ray was yet to join in 1962. This publicity photo could have been from 1961 when the band began. The lack of Screaming Ray Daniels possibly points to 1961. If it is Jim he looks remarkably like his brother.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Aug 10, 2023 15:29:48 GMT
The Ravens recorded 3 singles and a total of 6 songs. (not 8) They were promotional only singles probably for radio stations or venues. Two were covers and four were written by Ray Manczarek. Which begs the question how many more songs did he have? And did he put any forward for consideration with the band? They are actually not bad at all. He was likely overawed by Jim's stuff which is a pity as it would have been interesting to hear any as a B Side or spot for Ray in concert.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Aug 30, 2023 9:50:47 GMT
On Thursday September 2nd Rick and the Ravens cut a demo in Los Angeles World Pacific Jazz Studios.
Ray's brothers band "Rick and the Ravens" have some free studio time coming from a trade off on an Aura Records deal. As a result The Doors (without Robby Krieger) cut a demo which sounds very little like The Doors with a very young sounding Jim Morrison. The six songs on the demo are all Morrison originals. The band immediately begins to tout the demos locally around LA. After the three hour session. Jim is reportedly delighted after hearing his voice on a record for the first time.
Line up:- Ray: piano (Ray had not gotten the 'Doors' organ yet!) Jim: vocals John: drums Rick Manczarek: guitar Jim Manczarek: harp Patricia Sullivan: bass guitar
"Moonlight Drive" "Hello I Love You" "Summers Almost Gone" "My Eyes Have Seen You" "End of The Night" "Go Insane (A Little Game)"
The 6 track one sided Doors Demo 1965
A couple of days later Jim writes his parents, who are in London, disclosing his plans to sing with the band. Jim's father, an admiral in the navy, vehemently disagrees with Jim's choice and is very upset with his son. He writes Jim back conveying his objection while mentioning paying for four years of college, Jim abandoning his piano lessons as a child, never caroling with the family, and most importantly mentioning the band will never amount to anything. Jim isn't good at taking criticism and never writes his family again!
"That's the trouble with reality!.... it's taken far too seriously! I do hope God is good to me and Santa Claus to the children! Celebrate...this parties over...I'm going home!"
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Sept 20, 2023 16:29:00 GMT
Before The Doors was ever contemplated Ray Manczarek's brothers band Rick & The Ravens, which featured Ray as Screamin' Ray Daniels, appear on several TV shows during 1965.
9th Street West KHJ-TV Studios LA 15th January 1965
Rick And The Ravens appear on KHJ-TV's 9th Street West television show in mid-January 1965. Hosted by Sam Riddle, this one hour 'Prime-Time Dance Show' was broadcast live in black and white on channel 9 in Los Angeles, weeknights at 6pm.
Bash KCOP-TV Studios LA 25th March 1965
Rick And The Ravens appear on this one and a half hour television special hosted by KRLA DJ Charlie O'Donnell in early 1965. The show is recorded and broadcast the next day on channel 13.
Shindig KABC Studios June 1965 In June of 1965, Rick And The Ravens appear on ABC's Shindig! with host Jimmy O'Neill. This one hour twice-a-week pop program is produced by KABC and features bands such as The Rolling Stones and later The Doors.