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EntertainmentA lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments

13:20  16 september  2019
13:20  16 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Ric Ocasek , the lead singer of the Cars , has been found dead in his Manhattan home, the New York Police Department has confirmed. The Cars lead singer’s specific cause of death has not yet been released. However, Page Six reports that Ocasek appears to have died of unspecified “natural causes.”

Ric Ocasek , the vocalist and guitarist with The Cars , has died at the age of 75. He was found dead at his Manhattan home after officers from the New York Police Department responded to Ocasek was born in Baltimore in 1944 and co-formed The Cars with bassist Benjamin Orr in Boston in the mid-70s.

Ric Ocasek's death Sunday sent shockwaves throughout the music industry.

A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments © Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix/Getty Images American group 'The Cars'. Consisting of Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Harkes, David Robinson and Ben Orr. 16th October 1984. (Photo by Bill Kennedy/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

Ocasek and The Cars, the rock band he fronted, made history and left a lasting mark on popular music and culture with a string of hits.

Here's a quick guide to The Cars:

The Cars were a new wave rock band

The band got its start in Boston in the late 1970s. One of its earliest hits,"Just What I Needed," took over two radio stations there, picking up the attention of record companies. Soon, the band was an MTV mainstay, sending catchy tunes into homes across America.

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Ric Ocasek -- the frontman and lead singer of the rock band The Cars -- has died. Police say Ocasek was discovered unresponsive Sunday at his Ocasek started The Cars back in the '70s and made a name for themselves with their 1978 song "Just What I Needed." They went on to churn out a number

Ric Ocasek , left, of The Cars , performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April The Cars split up in the late '80s, then reunited in 2011 with much fanfare, after Ocasek found himself with Ocasek and The Cars performed at 2011 Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago. The Dutch actor, 75, also had memorable roles as the ex-CEO of Wayne Enterprises in 2005’s “Batman

The band -- lead singer Ocasek; bassist and singer Benjamin Orr; drummer David Robinson; keyboardist Greg Hawkes and guitarist Elliot Easton -- became one of the first groups to bring new wave rock to a mainstream audience.

They won the first ever MTV Video of the Year award

The Cars have a place in MTV history.

The band won the first-ever Video of the Year award in 1984 for their hit "You Might Think," according the their website.

And the band's video for "Double Life" was the 21st video ever played on the new cable channel, according to VH1.

They ruled the Billboard charts

The band's self-titled debut album landed in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and produced two top 40 singles, according to Billboard.

One of The Cars' best known songs, "Shake It Up," from a later album, spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Ric Ocasek , the songwriter and lead singer for the Cars , was found dead on Sunday afternoon at his townhouse in Manhattan, according to the New York Police Department. No cause of death was available on Sunday night.

New wave singer behind hits including Good Times Roll and Shake it Up found dead in his New York apartment.

And the band's song "Drive" peaked at No. 3 on the charts in September 1984.

They pursued solo careers after breaking up

The band broke up in 1988, and several of the members pursued solo careers.

Ocasek went on to produce albums for Weezer, including the rock band's 1994 self-titled debut album, according to the online music magazine Pitchfork.

They're in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The band, which also counts "Let's Go" and "Magic" among its hits, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

"(T)he Cars 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," the band's biography reads on the Hall of Fame website.

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Ocasek and The Cars were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. In addition to seven albums with the Cars , spanning from 1978’s The Cars to 2011’s Move Like This, the singer and producer released seven solo albums.

Ric Ocasek , best known as the founder and frontman of the iconic new wave and power pop band the Cars , has died. The New York Police Department confirmed to Pitchfork they responded to a call today that reported an unconscious man in a townhouse. The man, identified as Ocasek , was found in bed

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A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
A lookback at Ric Ocasek and The Cars' most memorable moments
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