Rock history was made when The Cars emerged in the late ‘70s. As the leader and singer of the band, Ric Ocasek has certainly made a name for himself, and he celebrates a birthday today!
Born in Baltimore, Ric wasn’t heavily involved in the music scene until age 16, when he was inspired by groups like Buddy Holly and The Crickets. In the early ‘70s Ric moved to Boston and joined a band called Milkwood.
While the group didn’t last long, Ocasek and another Milkwood member, Ben Orr, continued to play together afterwards and formed a new band, Rick & The Rabbits.
After finding new bandmates in Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson, the group soon changed their name to The Cars and their music career began to explode. With Ric as the leader of the band, they released their self-titled debut album in 1978 and five other records over next nine years.
With a style all his own, Ric also had a solo career outside of his work with The Cars, and his first two albums, Beatitude and This Side of Paradise, performed well on the Billboard 200. He has released six albums total since 1982, with the most recent being Nexterday in 2005.
Ocasek, who has been married to model Paulina Porizkova since 1989, also began working as a producer for many bands in the early ‘90s. Ric produced for bands such as Bad Religion, Guided By Voices, and Weezer.
In 2011, The Cars released Move Like This, their first LP since Door to Door in 1987, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard charts. In May, the band will hit the road for a series of shows, heading to major cities like Boston, Philadelphia and New York.
As he continues to be an inspiration to rockers everywhere, we’re sending out best birthday wishes to The Cars’ Ric Ocasek!