Poll: Who Do You Think Played The Bass Guitar On The Doors 'Light My Fire'

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by porpoise mouth, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. porpoise mouth

    porpoise mouth Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Sing apore
    All of the musicians above claimed to have played bass on the Doors "Light My Fire". Since it was never 100% proven who actually played it for real, it's your opinion that matters here.
  2. fuse999

    fuse999 Forum Resident

    Always thought it was Bernard Purdie, but I voted for Robbie Krieger since he was the only one I know for sure who was there.
  3. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

    Vancouver, BC, CA
    Wikipedia says "Larry Knechtel" was brought in to double Manzarek's keyboard bass part and Wiki is always right. :D
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2015
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  4. porpoise mouth

    porpoise mouth Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Sing apore
    Bernard was thought to have played drums.
  5. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag Bucket, Fadeaway, Greatest

    Pacifica, CA
    I didn't realize there was a bass guitar on "Light My Fire". Jeez, now I have no heroes...

    I exaggerate, but I always thought there was no bass until L.A. Woman when they got Elvis' bass player.
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  6. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    Who played bass for The Rascals?
  7. freakazoid

    freakazoid Member

    San Francisco
    Thought it was The Wrecking Crew that played all the instruments but I never believed all the wild claims of Carol Kaye.
  8. AppleCorp3

    AppleCorp3 Forum Resident

    No way those drums are Hal Blaine either...my opinion.
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  9. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    I knew that Doug Lubahn and some others played bass on some of the Doors' records, but I had always thought "Light My Fire" only had Manzarek's keyboard bass. The keyboard bass is definitely in there even if someone doubled it on bass guitar.
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  10. monotubevibe

    monotubevibe Forum Resident

    Paul McCartney, of course.
  11. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Forum Resident

    Doesn't just the 45 RPM version have the bass guitar?
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  12. TLMusic

    TLMusic Musician & record collector

    There is definitely an electric bass guitar doubling the keyboard bass on the original pressing. It sounds to me like whoever played it used a pick.
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  13. Aftermath

    Aftermath Senior Member

    I always thought it was just Ray's foot pedals.
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  14. zelox

    zelox Well-Known Member

    I vote for this guy. :righton: :winkgrin:
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  15. cwitt1980

    cwitt1980 Forum Resident

    Carbondale, IL USA
    I didn't know this was a rumor. No, I don't really hear his style on this. However, Hal was pretty free form at the time but I don't recall any Hal sounding fills during this particular track.
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  16. It was the super talented Wrecking Crew legend, LARRY KNECHTEL who also became a full time member of BREAD.
    He also played the famous piano intro to Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubles Water" and he was the "guitar man" on his band's hit single "Guitar Man".
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  17. O Don Piano

    O Don Piano Forum Resident

    Ray didn't use foot pedals. He used a Fender bass keyboard.
  18. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag Bucket, Fadeaway, Greatest

    Pacifica, CA
    One of my friends plays keys and is a huge Ray fan. When I said Ray used foot pedals, he scoffed. The bass keyboard was also news to me.
  19. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Mr ambidextrous himself.
  20. farmingdad

    farmingdad Forum Resident

    albany, oregon
    Jack Casady
  21. J. Umbari

    J. Umbari Forum Resident

    I think it was Larry :shh:
  22. Dr. Mudd

    Dr. Mudd Audient

    Larry Knechtel
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  23. Jack Flash

    Jack Flash Forum Resident

    Charles Mingus
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  24. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

    Yeah. I don't know enough to have an opinion other than "it was anybody except Carol Kaye" based on her history of false claims.
  25. revolution_vanderbilt

    revolution_vanderbilt Forum Resident

    New York
    I doubt it's Robby. The individual tracks are available (thanks to Rock Band or Guitar Hero) and there is an acoustic guitar playing along with the bass.

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