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Ric Ocasek, frontman of the Cars, dies aged 75

Under Ric Ocasek's leadership The Cars brought quirky electronic effects of new wave to classically structured pop songs generating a string of hits such as You Might Think Shake It Up and Drive in the 1980s Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of ‘The Cars’, Found Dead in New York Home
Lora Ball | 16 September, 2019, 15:13

Ric Ocasek, the vocalist and guitarist with The Cars, has died at the age of 75. Kurt Cobain and Nirvana covered "My Best Friend's Girl" at their last live show in 1994, and Ocasek produced albums for younger bands including Weezer, No Doubt and Bad Religion.

"It's certainly a wonderful feeling to be accepted by peers and you see the people that are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who gets inducted, it's a positive feeling that you get", Ocasek said in an interview with Rolling Stone.

The Cars scored their first top-20 single, "Let's Go", in 1979 and launched a succession of hits throughout the 1980s such as "Shake It Up" and "Drive", always identifiable through Ocasek's distinctive vocals. The pair - who had two children together - had been together for 28 years when they separated.

Ocasek and his band were inducted into the Rock Hall in 2018.

"It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said.

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Part of that burgeoning music scene, the band formed in 1976 in Boston, Massachusetts. "It is a lifetime". It's a lot of stuff. But she says that "as a bicycle, my husband and I no longer pedal in unison".

Other details about his death are not clear.

English punk rocker Billy Idol wrote: "Sorry to hear about Ric Ocasek RIP".

Peter Frampton tweeted that his thoughts were with Ocasek's family and applauded his career as a writer and singer.

Rainn Wilson, star of "The Office", also tweeted his condolences, saying he was "stunned and saddened".

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