“Aha!” you say, “Trick question! The Doors never had a bass player in their lineup! All the bass parts were played by Ray Manzaerk on his keyboards!”
Well, yes and no. While The Doors never had a bass player as a full time member, a bass can clearly be heard on a lot of their recordings. Ergo, someone must have been playing bass. But who? Glad you asked.
The following people were known to thump the four-string for Doors recordings:
- Patty Sullivan (later Patty Hansen)–yes, a woman–on Rick & the Ravens recordings. This was the band that evolved into The Doors
- Larry Knechtel, part of the famous Wrecking Crew of studio players.
- Doug Lubahn: Bass on much of the second, third and fourth albums
- Kerry Magness: An ex-member of the Kingsmen
- Leroy Vinnegar: Acoustic bass on a couple of tracks.
- Harvey Brooks: Six tracks on The Soft Parade including “Touch Me.”
- Ray Neopolitan: Joe Cocker’s bass man
- Lonnie Mach: Blues player that can be heard on “Roadhouse Blues”
More on all these guys at Ultimate Classic Rock.