Ric Ocasek

Active - 1987 - 1988  |   Born - Mar 23, 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States  |   Genres - Music, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy

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  • Was the lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for New Wave pioneers the Cars, who released six albums during their 1976 to '88 run.
  • Made his solo debut with the album Beatitude, released by Geffen Records in 1982.
  • Met wife Paulina Porizkova in 1984, when she starred in the Cars' video for their smash single "Drive."
  • Had a bit part in the 1987 film Made in Heaven and a cameo in the original Hairspray (1988).
  • Declined to participate when some members of his old group reunited in 2006 as the New Cars, but gave permission for Todd Rundgren to replace him as front man.
  • Has produced albums for a number of prominent rock acts, including Bad Brains, Bad Religion, Guided by Voices and Weezer.