Ric Ocasek, the idiosyncratic lead singer and chief songwriter of the 1970s and 80s hook-heavy hitmakers The Cars, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 75.
Ocasek was pronounced dead at his townhouse after someone called 911 about 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) to report that he was unresponsive, a New York Police Department spokesman said. The cause of death will be determined by the city’s coroner.
His representatives could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
“So sad. Such a great writer, singer, player, producer,” fellow classic rocker Peter Frampton said on Twitter of Ocasek. “My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace.”
Ocasek, born Richard Theodore Otcasek in Baltimore in 1944, met bass player and future band mate Benjamin Orr after moving to Cleveland for high school.
The pair joined with guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboard player Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson to form the Cars in mid-1970s Boston. Ocasek was the main songwriter, sang lead vocals on most songs and played rhythm guitar.
The band’s self-titled debut album, featuring the singles “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Good Times Roll,” reached Number 18 on the Billboard album charts and put them on the leading edge of pop-rock.
The Cars scored their first top-20 single, “Let’s Go,” in 1979 and launched a succession of hits throughout the 1980s such as “Shake It Up” and “Drive,” always identifiable through Ocasek’s distinctive vocals.
The band split up in 1988, and Orr died of pancreatic cancer at age 53 in 2000. The surviving members reunited for a final album, “Move Like This,” in 2010.
The band was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
After the final dissolution of the Cars, Ocasek, who often spoke of his dislike for touring, produced dozens of albums, released solo material, wrote poetry and made visual art.
Ocasek was married three times and had six sons, two from each relationship.
His third wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova, announced in May 2018 that the couple had separated after 28 years of marriage.
I cooked for Don Jazzy in my home – Dencia
US-based Cameroonian singer and entrepreneur, Reprudencia Sonkey, popularly known as Dencia, reveals that she has cooked for ace producer Don Jazzy in her home.
The Whitenicious skin lightening cream maker was responding to a follower who asked if she was better than Wizkid or Davido after she claimed she has been living the better life than every African celebrity outside of Africa.
She stated that she makes a lot of money, and she doesn’t even have to struggle to get them.
“Before u guys come & say I am a hater lol!! I live & have lived better than EVERY AFRICAN CELEBRITY in & OUTSIDE OF AFRICA for the last 7yrs & I don’t even have 2 leave my home 2 make money or struggle. I cancel bookings just cuz I can. NOW GO ARGUE WITH YOURSELVES.” she wrote
When a Twitter user, Dami, asked if she balls better than Wizkid and Davido? She responded saying many Nigerian celebrities have visited her home in the US and she has even cooked for Don Jazzy who also once visited.
Go & ask them,@wizkidayo @davido
( Go & ask them & come back) infact I can @ all the ones who have been to my house, lived in my house etc they’ll tell u but cuz u don’t see shit on SM don’t mean it’s not happening.
@DONJAZZYhas been here infact I even cooked 4 him ask him.
Drinking and minding my business, anything extra is a blessing from God, Yemi Alade replies fans who criticized her music
Nigerian Afro-beat singer and songwriter, Yemi Alade, has reacted to critics comparing her to Tiwa Savage last night on the M.I Abaga and Naeto C 10Vs10 on Instagram live.
The conversations came up after MI asked Naeto C which Nigerian female artiste can match up Tiwa Savage in a contest.
However, Nigerians on Twitter had a mixed reaction to Naeto C’s choice.
While some said Yemi Alade can match Tiwa, others criticized her music saying she can’t.
Yemi has now given a subtle reply to those who feel her songs are not worth comparing her to Tiwa.
She said she is minding her business and working to feed her family anything else is a blessing,” she said.
She wrote, “If eh dey pain you, say I dey sing and I dey win, go do your own. Nobody hold your mouth. Frog face
Drinking my and minding my business. I am here to work and feed my family, anything extra is a blessing from God.” she added.
Lagos State Police PRO debunks news of Burna’s arrest, says It’s an old story
Recall that the multiple award-winning music superstar, Burna Boy alongside his dad were said to have been arrested after the neighbours in the estate complained of their incessant noise.
However, on Sunday, May 24, Nigerians woke up to blog posts, and social media conversations alleging that the video of their arrest was false.
According to a report by Nigerian Entertainment Today, the Lagos Police said that they do not have the Grammy-nominated artiste in their custody.
Lagos State Police PRO, DSP Bala Elkana, debunked the viral news and clearly stated that Burna Boy was not arrested yesterday, Sunday, May 24, as the reports online claims.
He said, “They just recycled an old story. There was something that happened a very long time ago and it was resolved then. It’s not a recent event… But we don’t have him in our custody. He wasn’t arrested yesterday, we don’t even have complaints against him from yesterday.”
He added, “We don’t have such a case as reported online now. The reports online claim that he was arrested yesterday by our men but it’s not true. We don’t have such reports. That is my confirmation.”
There’s been no word from Burna Boy or his team regarding the news.
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