It's been a rough few days for fans of seventies radio rock.
On Friday we reported that New York rocker Eddie Money had died of esophageal cancer at the age of 70. He had blasted to fame in 1977 with a self-titled debut album that spawned three hit singles.
And just today came news that singer-guitarist Ric Ocasek was found dead in his New York City apartment. His band, the Cars, blasted to fame in 1978 with a self-titled debut album that spawned three hit singles: "Just What I Needed", "Best Friend's Girl", and "Good Times Roll".
Like Money, the Cars had their biggest hits in the late seventies, but had a resurgence of popularity in the mid-eighties. Their 1984 album Heartbreak City spawned six singles, including the hits "Drive", "You Might Think", and "Magic". All of the Cars' hit tunes were sung by either Ocasek or bassist-vocalist Benjamin Orr, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2000 at the age of 53.
Ocasek had six sons, two from each of his three marriages, the third being to supermodel Paulina Porizkova, who he met in 1984 while shooting the video for the Orr-sung ballad "Drive". The couple announced their separation last year.
The Baltimore-born Ocasek graduated from high school in Cleveland, where he met Orr and where the Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.