Celebrating the life of Ric Ocasek

Music lovers are celebrating the distinctive sound and legacy of the founder of The Cars, who died at his Manhattan townhouse.
2:05 | 09/16/19

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Switch now and remember ric ocasek. Tributes pouring in for the founder of the cars, the band that ruled the airwaves in the '70s and '80s dying on Sunday and Chris Connelly is here with a celebration of his life and distinctive sound, good morning, Chris. Reporter: Good morning. During an era of pop's most passionate shouters, ric ocasek of the cars was cool and dry and for decades millions were thrilled by his sleek meticulously crafted rock 'N' roll. Always dancing down the Reporter: As songwriter and frontman for the cars ric ocasek used state of the art pop craft and an offbeat sensibility to create radio friendly hits. Let the good times roll Reporter: That helped to define the rock sound. What I needed Reporter: Working alongside Benjamin Orr he led the cars to success with the release of their self-titled debut in 1978. It was catchy, contemporary rock and the hits kept coming. You might think I'm crazy to hang around with you Reporter: The video for "Drive" would feature "Sports illustrated" swimsuit model Paulina porizkova. She and ocasek would wed in 1979 and have two children together. Shake it up shake it up Reporter: Later in the decade the cars went their separate ways. On his own ocasek would have hits "Emotion in motion." Ric ocasek died Sunday at the age of 75. Leaving songs as full of clever invention and sly delight as the day they were recorded. Uh-oh, it's magic Ric ocasek really was one of pop music's premier magicians and left us with a lot of music to enjoy. That first album alone, unbelievable, George. Oh, boy, it sure was. We remember all the hits as they kept coming. I know. We've been ranking that. That one was good, that one was good too. You had a cassette. I see your cassette and raise you an eight track. I had those too. I'm old enough. We are following a lot of

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