Jack Conrad, who played bass for The Doors and wrote songs for many artists, has passed away from a massive heart attack. He was 69 years old.
Conrad’s diverse musical career started in the ’60s. He recorded for the Petula Clark album I Know A Place in 1965 and started writing songs. He collaborated with Paul Williams for his albums Someday Man in 1970 and Just an Old Fashioned Love Song the next year. His big bass break came when he was asked to play on the first post-Jim Morrison albums for the Doors: Other Voices and Full Circle. While several other session bassists were featured on those albums, Conrad played on the bulk of each while joining the band on tour. He is featured on the band’s 1972 Beat Club performance, which was their first TV appearance since Jim Morrison’s death.
Other recording highlights from his career include Gram Parsons’ “GP”, Johnny Rivers’ “Last Boogie in Paris”, and Robby Krieger’s “No Habla”.
He was also an accomplished songwriter with credits for artists including Three Dog Night, The Bottom Line, Dave Mason, The Babys, Heart, and more. He released his own solo album, Mother Earth Dance, in 1992.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jack Conrad.