8. Richie Havens: Freedom

The top songs, albums and artists influencing an incredible year in music

Jim Morrison may have very well been the frontman of The Doors, but it was keyboardist Ray Manzarek who ignited their worldwide success with his inimitable ability to play a Vox Continental organ with his right hand for the melodies while simultaneously playing a Fender keyboard with his left for the bass chords. Arguably no song better displayed his remarkable talent than the 1967 hit “Light My Fire,” but with his passing on 20 May 2013, Manzarek left behind an extensive catalog showcasing his prowess with The Doors, as a solo act and as part of the cult LA punk band, X.