Singer and guitarist from The Cars, Ric Ocasek left us at 75 on September 15. And many rockstars such as Weezer, Scorpions, Alice Cooper, Lzzy Hale and more paid tribute to the late musician.
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The weezer family is devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday. We will miss him forever, & will forever cherish the precious times we got to work and hang out with him. Rest in Peace & rock on Ric, we love you. #RIPRicOcasek #karlscorner pic.twitter.com/JcTXevr6V8
— weezer (@Weezer) September 16, 2019
Ahh man, say it ain’t so. I loved Ric Ocasek. What an interesting, smart, kind, funny man who made incredible records. I loved those Cars albums when I was a teenager. Perfect pop songs with those wicked elliot… https://t.co/SjtRU8OaJO
— Flea (@flea333) September 16, 2019
“Who’s gonna drive you home….” RIP Ric Ocasek https://t.co/M3OShxyzuW
— Lzzy Hale (@LZZYHALE) September 16, 2019
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) September 16, 2019
— John Derringer (@JohnDerringer) September 16, 2019
So sad. Such a great writer, singer, player, producer. My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace. #RicOcasek
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek pic.twitter.com/SqW6BzrY3r
— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) September 16, 2019
❤️Love and healing to Ric Ocasek’s family and to my niece Callah’s sweet friend Olivia, Ric’s granddaughter. The Cars altered the music scene for me. pic.twitter.com/U80uRelHMD
— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) September 16, 2019
Bill on the passing of Ric Ocasek… pic.twitter.com/a95AyNQ0Ds
— Huey Lewis (@HueyLewisNews) September 16, 2019
Ric Ocasek, a true innovator in the world of rock n' roll. You will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/nnNXi0aHVC
— Mick Jones (@TheMickJones) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek … we loved the Cars … Scorpions
— Scorpions (@scorpions) September 16, 2019
Life and Career
Richard Theodore Otcasek known as Ric Ocasek, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and painter. He was the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band the Cars.
In 2018, Ocasek was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars. That same year, he exhibited a number of his paintings in a national tour.
Ocasek was a founding member of the Cars, recording numerous hit songs from 1978 to 1988. He played rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals for a majority of songs (bassist Benjamin Orr was lead vocalist on the remaining tracks).
After splitting writing duty with Orr in the 1970s, Ocasek became the principal songwriter of the band, and wrote nearly all of the Cars’ material, sharing credit on only a few songs with bandmate Greg Hawkes as co-writer.
In 2010, Ocasek reunited with the surviving original members of the Cars to record their first album in 24 years, titled Move Like This, which was released on May 10, 2011.
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