Remembering Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek

Since my career deals with music, we were surprised to hear of the death of Ric Ocasek , lead singer of The Cars, which were popular in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Ric was born in Baltimore and moved to Cleveland when he was 16.  He met future Cars guitarist Benjamin Orr after Ric saw Benjamin performing with the band The Grasshoppers.  Ric and Benjamin later performed together and formed a band called ID Nirvana in 1968. Then, Ric founded The Cars with Benjamin.  He was lead singer for a majority of their songs.  After splitting writing duties with fellow bandmate Benjamin Orr in the 1970’s, Ric became the principle songwriter of The Cars and became a successful producer as well.  Ric Ocasek was found dead this past Sunday morning in his New York City townhouse by his estranged wife.  Reports say he died of heart disease.  He was 75 and will truly be missed.

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