Ben Orr

Born - Jan 1, 1947   |   Died - Oct 3, 2000   |   Genres - Music

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Partially responsible for inspiring the rise of new-wave music in the early '80s, Ben Orr co-founded the Cars with singer-guitarist Ric Ocasek in 1976. Noted for the infusion of electronics with the more conventional aspects of rock music to create a catchy sound, the Cars sold over six million copies of their debut and sophomore efforts in the late '70s. Orr went on to share vocal duties with Ocasek and played bass on the band's 1984 No. 3 hit, Drive. As a solo artist, Orr recorded the 1986 hit Stay the Night for his album, The Lace. The next year, Orr followed The Lace with one more solo effort before joining the band Big People. Months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Ben Orr died in his Atlanta home on October 3, 2000, at the age of 53.