Ray would later say about St. Rita, “What got me through four years of high school was the radio in Chicago. Rhythm-and-blues stations. The real stuff. Al Benson all afternoon and early evening. Big Bill Hill from nine o’clock ‘till well beyond midnight. I’d come home from school, turn on the radio, and there they were. My heroes. The men. The giants.”
While attending DePaul, Ray and his brothers started their own rock and roll band called “Rick and the Ravens”. Ray was the lead singer and used the stage name, “Screamin’ Ray Daniels”.
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“It was 1965 and it was summer, and school was finished. Now we had to do something. What are you going to do with your life? About two months later, sometime in July, sitting out on the beach here in Venice, who comes walking down the beach but Jim Morrison. I said, ‘Hey, man, I thought you went to New York’. He said, ‘No, I decided to stay here. I’ve been writing some songs and some poems, and living up on Denis Jacob’s rooftop’. So I said, ‘Let me here some of the songs. Can you sing one for me?’ So he sat down on the beach, and he said, “OK. here’s one I got. Moonlight Drive.’ And when I heard the first lines, ‘Let’s swim to the moon. Let’s climb through the tide. Penetrate the evening that the city sleeps to hide’. I said, ‘Wow. That’s it. We need to get a rock and roll band together’. And he said, ‘Ray, that’s exactly what I had in mind.’ I said to him, ‘You can come live with Dorothy and I at our apartment up on Fraser while we work on the songs. So what are we going to call the band?’. Jim says, ‘The Doors.'”
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