Good Monday afternoon! I hope you're having a great start to the week!
Some sad news to pass along… I really wish we would stop meeting here this way…
Founding member/songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Ric Ocasek of the Cars passed away yesterday at age 75. Early reports say that he passed away due to natural causes. Sad news indeed.
Ocasek actually was born and raised in here in Baltimore until his family moved to Cleveland when he was 16 years old.
I've been a big fan of the Cars for a number of years. So naturally, I thought I would stop by and share a few clips in memory of Ocasek.
Here are the members of the Cars discussing how they came together:
In 1984, the band released their classic "Heartbeat City" album. Included on the album are some of the band's biggest hits such as "Magic," "Drive" and "You Might Think." The music video for that song was considered revolutionary at the time. It was one of the first music videos to use computer graphics. It also won the award for "Video of the Year" at that year's MTV Video Music Awards:
Perhaps forgotten in the pantheon of great music recorded by the Cars was the great music recorded by Ocasek as a solo artist. His biggest solo success came with the release of the song "Emotion in Motion" which topped the Rock singles charts and reached #15 on the pop charts:
We'll be talking more about the late great Ric Ocasek on the show this afternoon so tune in! We're on from 2-6 PM.