Ric Ocasek (born March 23, 1944) is an American songwriter, musician and record producer. He is best known as the vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band, the Cars. Ocasek has been married to model Paulina Porizkova since 1989.
Ocasek grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. When Ocasek was 16 years old, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Maple Heights High School, Ocasek briefly attended Bowling Green State University and Antioch College. However, he dropped out to pursue a career in music.
Ocasek met future Cars bassist Benjamin Orr in Cleveland in the 1960s after Ocasek saw Orr performing with his band the Grasshoppers on the Big 5 Show, a local musical variety program. He reconnected with Orr a few years later in Columbus, Ohio, and the two began booking bands together. Soon, they formed one of their own and began to perform in and around Ohio State University...
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