Ric Ocasek Bio
Ric Ocasek was the lead singer of the iconic new wave band The Cars. Ocasek is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 2018.
His father worked for NASA. He was raised partly in Cleveland. He said during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech that he went to high school in Cleveland.
The first time I ever played in front of people, I tried to find a place where no one would really know me, he said, of his time in Cleveland.
According to Rolling Stone, Ocasek’s grandmother gave him a guitar when he was about ten because he was enraptured by the Crickets’ ‘That’ll Be the Day,’ but he stopped playing it after taking lessons for three months.
In his Hall of Fame acceptance speech, he thanked his wheel-chaired grandmother for forcing him to sing at age 5 and for buying him the guitar from Sears and Roebuck.
In the same speech, he said that, when the band first started, he was supposed to be the good-looking guy in the band but then he got demoted to the songwriter, so I went with that one It’s hard not to notice that (The Cars’) Benjamin Orr is not here. He would have been elated to be here on this stage. It feels quite strange to be up here without him.
We miss him and love him dearly.
|Birth Date||March 23, 1949|
|Birth Place||Manhattan, United States|
|Death||September 15, 2019|
|Spouse||Paulina Porizkova (m. 1989), Suzanne Ocasek (m. 1971–1988)|
|Children||Oliver Orion Ocasek, Jonathan Raven Ocasek, Christopher Otcasek, Eron Otcasek, Derek Otsacek|
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
American singer-songwriter Ric Ocasek was born on March 23, 1949, and died on September 15, 2019.
Ric Ocasek Wife, Married
He was famously married to the model Paulina Porizkova. However, the couple separated in 2018 after nearly three decades of marriage.
Ocasek met Paulina in 1984 when she was 18 years old, during the filming of the music video of the Car’s song ‘Drive’. The two got married on August 23, 1989.
Paulina is a Swedish- American model. actress and author. She became the first woman from Central Europe to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984 at the age of 18 and the second woman to be featured on the swimsuit issue’s front cover consecutive times (1984 and 1985).
At the time, Ocasek’s wife wrote on Instagram, “Our family always has been — and still is — a well-built car. When the four of us are together, we can go wherever the road takes us. But as a bicycle, my husband and I no longer pedal in unison.
So we’re ditching the bicycle.” She added: “Ric and I have been peacefully separated for the past year. The photos of our happy family are, in fact, happy family photos; we are just no longer a couple.”
Ric has two sons with Paulina – Jonathan Raven Otcasek and Oliver Otcasek. The family members use Ric’s real last name.
Ric has two sons each from his other two marriages also, reaching a grand total of six children. His other sons are Christopher Otcasek, Adam Otcasek, Eron Otcasek and Derek Otcasek.
Ric’s second wife was named Suzanne Otcasek, and according to Newsday, they were married for 17 years. She’s currently an executive assistant at a center that helps children toward healthy development. She has a BA in English Literature from Simmons College.
Ric Ocasek’s first wife was named Constance, IMDB reports. Variety reports that Ocasek left Suzanne after meeting Porizkova.
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Happy 25th birthday to one of the best people I have the privilege to know, my son Jonathan. He makes me feel like a good mom, and I can’t think of anything more flattering. Here with his wonderful girlfriend, Erin, who took him out in the town to celebrate.🥂 . #25thbirthday #milestones #jonathanravenotcasek
Ric Ocasek The Cars
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called The Cars, which was founded in Boston in 1976 by Ocasek and Benjamin Orr, the ultimate New Wave dream machine: a hook-savvy super-charged quintet that fused 60s pop, 70s glam, and Avant-rock minimalism into a decade of dashboard-radio nirvana.
They scored 13 Top 40 singles in what the Hall of Fame calls six classic studio albums. The band moved the punk rock genre more to the mainstream, according to the site.
The site describes Ocasek and Orr as a natural yin-yang.
According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, some of The Cars’ hits were Good Times Roll, My Best Friend’s Girl and Just What I Needed.
Heartbeat City was the Cars’ commercial apex, the site reports, including the song Drive. The band was aided by the MTV generation, according to All Music.