In Memoriam: The Cars’ Ric Ocasek


The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek has died at the age of 75. The New York Police Department confirmed to NBC New York and other news outlets that Ocasek died in New York City on Sunday.

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2018, The Cars were founded in Boston in 1976. Ocasek, bassist Benjamin Orr, guitarist Elliot Easton, drummer David Robinson and keyboardist Greg Hawkes issued The Cars’ self-titled debut album in 1978. The record contained the Osasek-written hits “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Good Times Roll.”

The Cars continued to gain prominence behind the New Wave band’s subsequent albums, 1979’s Candy-O, 1980’s Panorama, 1981’s Shake It Up, 1984’s Heartbeat City and 1987’s Door To Door. The group scored further hits with “Let’s Go,” “It’s All I Can Do,” “Shake It Up,” “Since You’re Gone,” “Touch And Go,” “You Might Think,” “Magic,” “Drive,” “You Are the Girl” and others. The band broke up in 1988 and Orr died in 2000. The surviving members of The Cars reunited and in 2011 released their final album, Move Like This.

According to The Cars’ Rock & And Roll Hall Of Fame biography, the band “were the ultimate New Wave dream machine: a hook-savvy super-charged quintet that fused ’60s pop, ’70s glam and avant-rock minimalism into a decade of dashboard-radio nirvana.”

In addition to releasing solo albums, Ocasek also produced records for many other acts. Among those whose albums Ocasek produced includes Weezer, Bad Brains, No Doubt, Hole, Bad Religion, Nada Surf, Jonathan Richman and several others.