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Robby Krieger

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Robby Krieger (born January 8, 1946) is a rock and roll guitarist from Los Angeles, California. He was the guitarist in The Doors, and occasionally wrote songs for that band, such as "Light My Fire" and "Runnin' Blue". He took over as lead singer when the band briefly continued on after the death of Jim Morrison, without success. Krieger later played guitar on a few tracks by Blue yster Cult and reformed the Doors in 2002 with keyboardist Ray Manzarek from the original band as well as Ian Astbury and Stewart Copeland.

Krieger learned to play guitar when he attended the Menlo School (a boarding school in the San Francisco Bay Area). He started by tuning a Ukelele like the bottom four strings of a guitar and imitating a Flamenco guitar record. Later he purchased a Flamenco guitar on a Christmas vacation in Puerto Vallarta in 1963 and mastered the style without benefit of lessons. He gradually grew tired of playing Flamenco guitar and helped form a jug band called the Back Bay Chamberpot Terriers with Bill Wolff (later of the Peanut Butter Conspiracy). His talent was such that he enjoyed some success as a jazz guitarist after his initial tenure with the Doors, recording a handful of albums in the 1970s and '80s, including Versions (1983) and No Habla (1986).

After The Doors broke up in 1973, Krieger formed his own band, The Robby Krieger Band. The band was disbanded after a short time. Krieger now serves with the revamped Doors.

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