Doug Lubahn, the bass player for The Doors who played on three of the band’s most iconic early albums, has died aged 71.
Lubahn, who built a reputation as one of the world’s most celebrated psychedelic and jazz rock bass players, joined forces with some of the world’s most famous bands and did so with prolific creativity.
While no specific details about his death have been released, his wife, Pat Devanny, who announced his death with a post on social media. “Words could never express the sorrow. He was the love of my life,” she said. “I’ll miss the laughter more than anything. RIP.”
Having started life in music as a founding member of psychedelic rock band Clear Light, Lubahn was introduced to Jim Morrison and The Doors by Clear Light’s producer, Paul Rothchild, who asked him to contribute to their second album Strange Days.
Having earned an official credit on ten tracks from the record, The Doors eventually invited Lubahn to become the band’s permanent bass player but he politely declined due to his commitment to Clear Light. Doors guitarist Robby Kreiger once said: “Even though it is too bad he didn’t join The Doors when we asked him, he gets the loyalty prize for stickin’ with his group at the time,” as part of Lubahn’s 2007 memoirs My Days With the Doors and Other Stories.
John Densmore, the drummer of The Doors, added: “Bass players and drummers are like brothers, cookin’ up the groove in the basement. The main ingredient is solid time, and Doug’s playing was like a rock. Lubahn was there… more there than I knew.”
Despite turning down an official invitation to join the band, Lubahn still went on to contribute to the band’s next two albums Waiting For The Sun (1968) and 1969 effort The Soft Parade.
A message from the band’s official social media also confirmed the news:
“Our condolences go out to the family, friends, and fans of Doug Lubahn,” the Doors said in a tweet. “Doug made indelible contributions to rock ‘n’ roll, and especially to the Doors.”