The Doors Bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Allmanfan456, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. Allmanfan456


    Jan 23, 2009
    hey guys! Ive been listening to The Doors alot recently and Ive been wondering. Whos played bass for them? I know they had Jerry Scheff on L.A. Woman but I dunno if they have had other bassists. Such on Soft Parade, Waiting for the Sun (Gotta love that bassline on Summers Almost Gone) and Morrison Hotel. I know Ray Manzerek played the keyboard bass on there first album and live as well.
  2. yamark


    Jun 6, 2009
    Lancaster, KY
    wasnt most of the bass done on the keyboard?
  3. I've seen at least one long thread on this. Search "Doors" and you should find it.
  4. i think about 95% of their bass was keyboard
  5. Allmanfan456


    Jan 23, 2009
    Listen to the Soft Parade album, thats bass guitar.
  6. im no doors expert but from the little knowledge i have, i vaguely remember bass being played in the studio for recording but never live. i could be wrong though.
  7. Nappa


    Dec 20, 2006
    Fargo,North Dakota
    One of The Doors' bassist has an account on TB....

    Edit: his name was Doug Lubahn, good luck finding his account.
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  8. Allmanfan456


    Jan 23, 2009
    I searched a variety of things and didnt find anything.
  9. rcarraher


    Dec 21, 2008
    Larry Knechtel on the first album. Douglas Lubahn (of Clear Light) was on Strange Days, Waiting for the Sun, and The Soft Parade. Kerry Magness (“The Unknown Soldier”) and Leroy Vinnegar, who plays upright on “Spanish Caravan.” Harvey Brooks tracked bass for The Soft Parade, the tune. Yesterday, I stated that a friend of mine swore that Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys did some early live stuff with them, and he still swears this is true. Other bass players with the Doors were Lonnie Mack, Ray Neapolitan lays down some stanky grooves on “Peace Frog” and “Ship of Fools.” Elvis Presley bassist Jerry Scheff brought a Memphis vibe to , L.A. Woman, channeling Duck Dunn on “The Challenging” and delivering a dirty blues stomp on “Been Down So Long.” Scheff shines on “Love Her Madly,” love the slides and slurs.

    But, yeah, they didn't have a bass player ;-}
  10. elpezpr


    Feb 7, 2008
  11. Allmanfan456


    Jan 23, 2009
    Wow thanks man!
  12. rcarraher


    Dec 21, 2008
    I was twelve when the first album came out. Blew me a way!
  13. pigsonthewing


    Jul 7, 2009
    New Yawwk
    The Doors bassist is Ray Manzarek's left hand.
  14. Low Main

    Low Main Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Don't forget Willie Ruff, a bona fide genius and master musician, playing upright on Other Voices.
  15. Allmanfan456


    Jan 23, 2009
    Yeah its a killer album! Has alot of great ones, End of the Night Take It As It Comes, all such great songs.
  16. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    As a bassist for a Doors trib band I can tell you those studio pros they had on their albums were fantastic.
  17. Hamerguy


    Mar 29, 2008
    Lee Sklar also played on the WAITING FOR THE SUN album. Jack Conrad played for them too. Recently Manzarek and Krieger toured with Phil Chen who was on Jeff Beck's BLOW BY BLOW and later with Rod Stewart.
  18. Lewis.558


    Jul 3, 2009
    The Doors performed with a bassist live or it's just my imagination or bad ear?