Doug Lubahn, the studio bassist for The Doors who performed on three of their ’60s albums, has passed away at the age of 71.
The classic rock legends announced the news of the bass player’s death on social media, sharing an image of the late rocker along with a message expressing their gratitude for the impact he had on The Doors and rock music all together. “Our condolences go out to the family, friends, and fans of Doug Lubahn. Doug made indelible contributions to rock and roll, and especially to The Doors. He played bass on Strange Days, Waiting for the Sun, and Soft Parade,” wrote the band.
Prior to joining The Doors in the studio, Lubahn was a member of Los Angeles psychedelic rock outfit Clear Light, who released released only one record, a self-titled 1967 effort. He was recruited for three successive Doors albums — Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968) and The Soft Parade (1967).
Lubahn would go on to form the short-lived jazz rock group Dreams, later joining Pierce Arrow for a pair of albums as bassist and co-lead vocalist before moving on as Riff Raff’s bass player and lead singer on their lone album, Vinyl Futures.
Lubahn remained active, next joining Billy Squier’s band for the Emotions in Motion and Signs of Life albums and subsequent tours. The same year Signs of Life was released (1984), he contributed to Ted Nugent‘s Penetrator record.
Our condolences to the Lubahn family and all who knew Doug. Rest in peace.
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