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Rock and Pop Stars Deaths 2019: RIP Ginger Baker

Ric Ocasek (second from right) with the Cars

Ric Ocasek (nee Otcasek)

Band: the Cars, solo artist

Position: singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer

Died: Sept. 15

Cause of death: heart disease, emphysema

Age: 75

Distinctions: Co-founded the Cars with Benjamin Orr in 1978; they released seven albums from '78-2011 and had hits with "Drive" (No. 3, 1984), "Shake It Up" (No. 4, 1981), "You Might Think" (No. 7, 1984), "Tonight She Comes" (No. 7, 1985), "Magic" (No. 12, 1984), "Let's Go" (No. 14, 1979), "You Are the Girl" (No. 17, 1987), "Hello Again" (No. 20, 1984), "Just What I Needed" (No. 27, 1978), "My Best Friend's Girl" (No. 35, 1978), "Good Times Roll" (No. 41, 1979) and "It's All I Can Do" (No. 41, 1979). The Cars were nominated for six Grammys but never won and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. He also released seven solo albums from 1982-2005, had a hit with "Emotion in Motion" (No. 15, 1986) and produced albums for Weezer, Bad Brains, Guided by Voices and others.

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