Ric Ocasek, Co-Founder and Front Man Of The Cars, Dead At 75
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Ric Ocasek, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and frontman for the rock group The Cars, was found dead today in his Manhattan townhouse, per the NY Post, who confirmed the news with an NYPD spokesperson. The musician reportedly was found unresponsive in his bed by his estranged wife, the model/actress Paulina Porizkova, and appeared to have died of natural causes. He was 75.

Born Richard Theodore Otcasek on March 23, 1944, the singer, guitarist, and songwriter grew up in Baltimore, Maryland before moving with his family at 16 to Cleveland, Ohio, where he went on to meet future Cars bassist/singer Benjamin Orr. After several musical projects together after relocating to Boston, the duo formed The Cars in late 1976 along with lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, and drummer David Robinson.

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MP3 Deal: The Cars ‘Candy-O’ For $2.99
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The MP3 deal of the day over at Amazon today is the album Candy-O by The Cars for only $2.99.

The quadruple-platinum album, originally released in 1979, was the sophomore effort for the Boston-based new wave pop band and included the popular tunes “Let’s Go,” “Dangerous Type,” and the title track — three great songs definitely worth the three bucks on their own.

Written by frontman Ric Ocasek with vocals by bassist Benjamin Orr, “Let’s Go” is probably the most recognizable by the general public, especially since its currently being used in TV ads for Lee Jeans.

Note, this sale is today only.

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