Last week was a sad week for music lovers as we heard of Eddie Money’s passing on Friday 13th. He was 70.
Yesterday in New York City, another legendary frontman has died. Ric Ocasek, the driving force behind “The Cars” was 75 years old. His life and career HERE.
Ric was found unconscious and unresponsive Sunday morning by his estranged wife, former supermodel Paulina Porizkova.
Ric Ocasek was the chief architect of The Cars who knew how to utilize the talent around him. The Car’s ONLY #1 Hit came from 1984’s “Heartbeat City” called “Drive”. Ocasek chose bassist Benjamin Orr to sing “Drive” due to the timbre of his voice, even though Orr never considered himself a strong enough lead vocalist. Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.
Now considered as mainstream as you can get, back when they arrived on the scene in 1977, Ric Ocasek and The Car’s were label as “punk rockers” and very much the “new Wave” of rock music.
As we did last week with Eddie Money, K104.7 is featuring “Double Plays” of The Cars music all day today at the top of each hour. In 2018 “The Cars” received their just reward as they were inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy some great memories below.