American Singer

Ric Ocasek

  • Mar 23, 1944 - Sep 15, 2019 (age 75)
  • 6' 4" (1.93 m)
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2019
Ric Ocasek
PersonalSeptember 2019

Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek passed away.
2005
Nexterday
AlbumNov 27, 2005

Nexterday

Nexterday is the seventh and final studio album released by …
Nexterday is the seventh and final studio album released by former lead singer and songwriter of the Cars, Ric Ocasek. The album boasts a more DIY sound than previous albums, having been partially recorded in Ocasek's home studio with Ocasek playing many of the instruments himself. Musicians featured in his 1982 debut solo album, Beatitude were used on Nexterday, including fellow Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes, bassist Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, drummer/programmer Stephen George and guitarist Roger Greenawalt. "Silver" was Ocasek's musical tribute to Benjamin Orr. "Please Don't Let Me Down" references the title of the album, Nexterday.
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The Colbert Report
TV ShowOct 17, 2005

The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report (/koʊlˈbɛər rɪˌpɔːr/ kohl-BAIR rih-por) is …
The Colbert Report (/koʊlˈbɛər rɪˌpɔːr/ kohl-BAIR rih-por) is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by Stephen Colbert that aired four days a week on Comedy Central from October 17, 2005, to December 18, 2014, for 1,447 episodes. The show focused on a fictional anchorman character named Stephen Colbert, played by his real-life namesake. The character, described by Colbert as a "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot", is a caricature of televised political pundits. Furthermore, the show satirized conservative personality-driven political talk programs, particularly Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor. The Colbert Report is a spin-off of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where Colbert acted as a correspondent for the program for several years while developing the character.
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2003
America's Next Top Model
TV ShowMay 20, 2003

America's Next Top Model

America's Next Top Model …
America's Next Top Model (abbreviated ANTM and Top Model) is an American reality television series and interactive competition in which a number of aspiring models compete for the title of "America's Next Top Model" and a chance to begin their career in the modeling industry. Created by Tyra Banks, who also serves as an executive producer, and developed by Ken Mok and Kenya Barris, the series premiered in May 2003, and aired semiannually until 2012, then annually from 2013. The first six seasons (referred to as "cycles") aired on UPN, before UPN merged with The WB to create The CW in 2006. The following sixteen cycles aired on The CW until the series was first cancelled in October 2015. The series was revived in 2016 and has been airing on VH1 ever since. The series was among the highest-rated programs on UPN and was the highest-rated show on The CW from 2007 to 2010. Advertisers paid $61,315 per 30-second slot during the 2011–12 television season, the highest of any series on The CW.
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1998
Oliver Orion Ocasek
ChildMay 1998

Oliver Orion Ocasek

Oliver Orion Ocasek born.
1997
Troublizing
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AlbumSep 9, 1997

Troublizing

Troublizing was released by Ric Ocasek in 1997 on Sony …
Troublizing was released by Ric Ocasek in 1997 on Sony Records. On several tracks, it features co-production, guitars, keyboards and backing vocals by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Troublizing Ocasek's "best solo album since This Side of Paradise."
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SongSep 9, 1997

The Next Right Moment
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1996
Getchertikitz
AlbumAug 7, 1996

Getchertikitz

Getchertikitz released.
1995
The History of Rock 'n' Roll
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TV ShowMar 6, 1995

The History of Rock 'n' Roll

The History of Rock 'n' Roll is …
The History of Rock 'n' Roll is a ten episode documentary mini-series produced by Time-Life. It originally aired on the Prime Time Entertainment Network in 1995. All parts were later released on VHS, DVD, and reran on TLC and VH1, the latter which showed all ten parts in the last 10 weeks of the year 1999 on Friday night as part of a countdown to the year 2000. The series covers Rock Music from the 1950s to the 1990s and features over 200 exclusive interviews with many well-known artists and other music industry figures.
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1993
Quick Change World
AlbumSep 28, 1993

Quick Change World

Quick Change World is the fourth solo album released by Ric …
Quick Change World is the fourth solo album released by Ric Ocasek, who was the lead singer and songwriter for The Cars. This was his second and final release for Reprise Records. Ocasek's fourth solo album was originally intended to be Negative Theater, an album consisting of a double CD and a book of poetry. However, in North America, Reprise Records declined to release the CD in Ocasek's original form. Instead, the company had him record 7 additional tracks with producer Mike Shipley, and added them to 7 tracks from Ocasek's Negative Theater project. The resulting 14-song record was issued as Quick Change World in North America only. (The Shipley-produced tracks comprise the "Right Side" of Quick Change World; the "Left Side" consists of Ocasek-produced Negative Theater tracks.) Stylistically, the right side represents pop rock in the vein of The Cars (the song "Hard Times" was initially intended for the Cars' album Heartbeat City) while the left-side represents experimental music.
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SongSep 28, 1993

Feeling's Got to Stay
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien
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TV ShowSep 13, 1993

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan …
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity interviews, and musical and comedy performances. Late Night aired weeknights at 12:37 am Eastern/11:37 pm Central and 12:37 am Mountain in the United States. From 1993 until 2000, Andy Richter served as O'Brien's sidekick; following his departure, O'Brien was the show's sole featured performer. The show's house musical act was The Max Weinberg 7, led by E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.
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Late Show with David Letterman
TV ShowAug 30, 1993

Late Show with David Letterman

Late Show with David …
Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and was produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, and CBS Television Studios. The show's music director and leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, was Paul Shaffer. The head writer was Matt Roberts and the announcer was originally Bill Wendell, then Alan Kalter. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranked second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in number of episodes over time. In most U.S. markets the show aired from 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time, and recorded Monday to Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The second Thursday episode usually aired on Friday of that week.
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Jonathan Raven Ocasek
ChildMay 1993

Jonathan Raven Ocasek

Jonathan Raven Ocasek born.
1990
SongNov 1, 1990

The Way You Look Tonight
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Fireball Zone
AlbumNov 1, 1990

Fireball Zone

Fireball Zone was the third solo studio album by the new …
Fireball Zone was the third solo studio album by the new wave artist Ric Ocasek of The Cars. It was released in 1991.
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1989
Paulina Porizkova
MarriageAugust 1989

Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova (born Pavlína Pořízková; 9 April 1965) is a …
Paulina Porizkova (born Pavlína Pořízková; 9 April 1965) is a model, actress and author. Born in Czechoslovakia, she now holds dual U.S. and Swedish citizenship.
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1988
Hairspray
MovieFeb 16, 1988

Hairspray

'Pleasantly Plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream …
'Pleasantly Plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber's manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.
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1987
Made in Heaven
MovieSep 1, 1987

Made in Heaven

After being dumped by his girlfriend, a boy runs away to …
After being dumped by his girlfriend, a boy runs away to California. But he ends up in heaven because he dies after trying to help a family from drowning in a river. In heaven he'll meet a beautiful girl, who has never reincarnated before.
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1986
This Side of Paradise
AlbumSep 15, 1986

This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise is the …
This Side of Paradise is the second solo studio album released by Ric Ocasek, lead singer and songwriter of The Cars. It was released in 1986 by Geffen Records. Though it was a solo album, other members of The Cars played significant roles. Greg Hawkes plays keyboards and bass throughout the album (he appears on most of Ocasek's solo albums), and also co-wrote "Hello Darkness" (most Cars albums feature one Ocasek/Hawkes tune). Benjamin Orr is on backing vocals for three songs. Along with Hawkes and Orr, the track "True To You" also features Elliot Easton on guitar. Had drummer David Robinson been present, the song would have been an unofficial Cars reunion. Both production and drumming were by Chris Hughes (formerly known as "Merrick", drummer for Adam and the Ants). Hughes was the recent producer of Tears for Fears most popular two albums. Steve Stevens from Billy Idol's band plays guitar on over half of the album.
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SongJan 1, 1986

Emotion in Motion
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SongJan 1, 1986

True to You
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1984
Suzanne Ocasek
Marriage1984

Suzanne Ocasek

Married Suzanne Ocasek.
1982
SongDec 30, 1982

Something to Grab For
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SongDec 30, 1982

Jimmy Jimmy
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Beatitude
AlbumDec 30, 1982

Beatitude

Beatitude is the debut album released by Ric Ocasek, lead …
Beatitude is the debut album released by Ric Ocasek, lead singer and principal songwriter of The Cars. It was released by Geffen Records in 1982. It features Greg Hawkes of The Cars on keyboards, as well as Jules Shear and Stephen Hague from Jules and the Polar Bears.
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1975
Saturday Night Live
TV ShowOct 11, 1975

Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live …
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is an American late-night live television variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. The show's comedy sketches, which often parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast as with featured performances by a musical guest. An episode normally begins with a cold open sketch that ends with someone breaking character and proclaiming, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!", properly beginning the show.
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1973
The Midnight Special
TV ShowFeb 2, 1973

The Midnight Special

The Midnight Special is an American late-night musical …
The Midnight Special is an American late-night musical variety series originally broadcast on NBC during the 1970s and early 1980s, created and produced by Burt Sugarman. It premiered as a special on August 19, 1972, then began its run as a regular series on February 2, 1973; its last episode was on May 1, 1981. The 90-minute program followed the Friday night edition of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
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Eron Otcasek
Child1973

Eron Otcasek

Eron Otcasek was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has …
Eron Otcasek was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has studied acting at Emerson College and the Lee Strausberg Institute. He moved to New York City to study his other passion, film. He took classes at New York Film Academy and graduated New York University with a B.A. in film and television. 6 short films later and working constantly on both sides of the camera, Eron began an acting career that has led him to lead roles in both the Bollywood movie Inscrutable Americans (1999), and the lead role in the film Roomates (2001), directed by Paulina Porizkova and co-staring Griffin Dunne and Jim Jarmusch. Since then, his film roles have varied from a "street punk" in the 2003 Tribeca film festival hit Wholey Moses (2003) (starring Linda Hamilton) to a runaway with an anger management problem in the upcoming short "Who Is Don Berdi?". Eron can also be seen in the blockbuster hits School of Rock (2003) and 13 Going on 30 (2004). And his comedic role as a slacker in the ensemble movie Charlie's Party (2005) is now making its way through festivals. Eron is now getting ready for the production of the acidic dark comedy Absence (2009), and has just completed directing a documentary for the rock group, "The Cars", which will be released sometime next year. His television credits include a guest appearance on Law & Order (1990) and a lead role on the 2nd ever episode of Barry Levinson's The Jury (2004). All throughout, he continues to work with such respected acting teachers as Harold Guskin and Sheila Grey, every chance he gets.
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1944
Ric Ocasek
BirthMarch 1944

Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek was born.
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