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Benjamin Orr


Benjamin Orr was the bassist/vocalist of the Vehicles, who have had such ’80s-period TOP Pop hits seeing that “Get,” “Tremble It all Up,” “IT MIGHT SEEM,” and “Tonight She Shows up.” “Magic” and “Let’s Move” made the very best 20. Orr sang business lead on “Get” and “PRECISELY WHAT I Required.” Delivered Benjamin Orzechowski on Sept 8, 1947, in Lakewood (Cleveland), OH, Orr would amuse his relatives and buddies with Elvis Presley imitations. During his teenagers, he learned to try out electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and percussion musical instruments. Dropping away from senior high school, he gained a living like a program guitarist so when an associate of regional Cleveland Television show, Upbeat. Orr launched himself to vocalist/guitarist Ric Ocasek in a music group rehearsal. Later, both performed one another their initial tunes. Ocasek asked him to become listed on his music group and Orr became their keyboardist. The music group had exactly the same reserving agency because the Stooges and MC5 plus they all started touring together. Following a while, Orr and all of those other remaining music group headed to NEW YORK searching for stardom. They performed around the city’s golf club circuit for just two years, then your music group split up. Ocasek shifted to Boston and Orr came back to Ohio. Time later, Ocasek asked the bassist/vocalist to turn out to Boston since it had an excellent music picture. They performed in New Britain Clubs in a variety of incarnations, occasionally as an classical guitar duo. They bluffed to obtain gigs by informing the membership owners they performed “addresses” (the strike songs of your day), after that launched to their first tracks. A practice that occasionally got them terminated through the gig. In 1976, Orr and Ocasek recruited left-handed business lead guitarist Elliott Easton because of their music group Cap’n Golf swing. Multi-instrumentalist Greg Hawkes, whom Orr and Ocasek got worked with with an record for the group Milkwood, and drummer David Robinson became a member of immediately after. This brand-new music group became the Vehicles. When their demonstration of “PRECISELY WHAT I Needed” started getting airplay on Boston r / c WCBN-FM and WCOZ-FM, the record businesses started offering recording offers to the music group. Putting your signature on with Elektra/Asylum, their 1st recording, The Vehicles, with creation by Roy Thomas Baker, premiered in-may 1978. The next recording, Candy O, premiered in June 1979 and proceeded to go platinum. At exactly the same time, the Vehicles was accumulating platinum-plus product sales. The hits continuing with platinum honours for Tremble It Up (1981) and Heartbeart Town, while their Greatest Strikes made it in to the Best 20 in 1986. That same 12 months, the Vehicles disbanded. Around once, Orr embarked on a single career and experienced popular with “Stay the night time” from his record The Ribbons. He also made an appearance on Ocasek’s single LP This Aspect of Heaven and two Joni Mitchell albums: Misses and Chalk Tag in a Rainfall Storm. Rhino released the two Compact disc set PRECISELY WHAT I Required: The Vehicles Anthology in November 1995. In the past due ’90s, Orr started executing with Big People, including former 38 Particular guitarist Jeff Carlisi. Through the summertime of 2000, Orr reunited with all of those other Vehicles to film the documentary The Vehicles Live, that was planned for discharge in November of this 12 months by Rhino House Video. At age 53, Benjamin Orr passed away from pancreatic malignancy in his Atlanta, GA, house on Oct 3, 2000.

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Full Name Benjamin Orr
Died October 3, 2000, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height 1.78 m
Profession Singer, Bassist, Songwriter
Nationality American
Children Ben
Parents Charles Orzechowski, Betty Orzechowski
Music Groups The Cars
Music Songs Drive, Stay the Night, Magic, Just What I Needed, You Might Think, Moving in Stereo, Let's Go, My Best Friend's Girl, Bye Bye Love, Hello Again, Good Times Roll, Since You're Gone, Touch and Go, All Mixed Up, Dangerous Type, You're All I've Got Tonight, It's All I Can Do, Heartbeat City, You Are the Girl, Stranger Eyes, Why Can't I Have You, I'm Not the One, Shake It Up, Everything You Say, Shoo Be Doo, When You're Gone, Think It Over, Double Life, Candy-O, Cruiser, Since I Held You, I'm in Touch With Your World
Albums The Lace, Greatest Hits, Heartbeat City, Shake It Up, Candy-O, The Cars

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1 One of The Cars' two DVDs feature his final interview, done just months before his death. In the interview, his weakened condition is very apparent. He hardly even speaks in the interview.
2 Both Cars DVDs were dedicated to his memory.
3 Sang lead vocals on many of The Cars' biggest hits, including "Just What I Needed", "Let's Go", "Moving in Stereo", and their biggest hit, "Drive".
4 Bassist for the rock band, The Cars. Also swapped lead vocals with member Ric Ocasek.



Cars: Heartbeat City 1984 Video Bass player



Satan's Playground 2006 special thanks



Essential Music Videos: Hits of the '80s 2003 Video short Himself (segment "Drive") (as The Cars)
The Cars: Live 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself (bass, lead and backing vocals)
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Himself (as The Cars)
My Best Friend's Girl 1978 Video short Himself

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The Cars: Unlocked 2006 Video Himself (bass, lead and backing vocals)

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1 [asked if his illness--pancreatic cancer--would keep him from performing) If I fall down one day and can't get up, you'll know it's over.

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