Doors session bassist Doug Lubahn dead at age 71

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Doug Lubahn, far left, with Billy Squier in 1984; Al Levine/NBCU Photo Bank/ NBCUniversal via Getty ImagesBassist Doug Lubahn, who, as a session musician, played on three Doors albums, died last Wednesday, November 20, at the age of 71.

Lubahn’s passing was announced on his official Facebook page in a post by his apparent significant other, Part Devanny, who wrote, “Doug Lubahn 12/19/1947 – 11/20/2019. Words could never express the sorrow. He was the love of my life. I’ll miss the laughter more than anything. RIP.”

Lubahn was a founding member of the Los Angeles-based psychedelic rock band Clear Light, which also featured actor Cliff De Young on vocals, as well as future Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young drummer Dallas Taylor and future Utopia keyboardist Ralph Schuckett. The group’s only album, 1967’s Clear Light, was produced by Paul Rothchild, who also was The Doors’ producer. He enlisted Lubahn to play on The Doors’ studio recordings.

Doug played bass on most of the songs on 1967’s Strange Days and 1968’s Waiting for the Sun, as well as on three tracks on 1969’s The Soft Parade.

A message on The Doors’ official Facebook page reads, “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.”

Later in his career, Lubahn joined Billy Squier‘s backing band, and was featured on two of Squier’s popular albums — 1982’s Emotions in Motion and 1984’s Signs of Life. He also played on Ted Nugent‘s 1984 album, Penetrator.

Doug looked back at some of his career highlights in a 2007 book he co-wrote called My Days with The Doors and Other Stories.

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