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Benjamin Orr

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Benjamin Orr (8 September 1947 — 3 October 2000) was the bass guitar player, and one of the vocalists for the New Wave band, The Cars.

Orr was born Benjamin Orzechowski in Lakewood, Ohio, to Russian and Czechoslovakian parents. He grew up in Cleveland, and dropped out of high school to pursue music full time in a local band, The Grasshoppers. Unlike many other musicians’ families, his parents were both singers and actively supported his musical endeavors. He became proficient in several instruments including the guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and drums. However, his talents in The Cars were mostly in playing the bass and lead vocals for several of their most popular hits, including “Just What I Needed”, “Let’s Go”, and “Drive”.

By the mid 1970s Orr was working in a Boston night club band, Cap’n Swing, with other members including future Cars frontman Ric Ocasek and guitarist Elliot Easton. When the group broke up in 1975, the three of them joined up with the other two members to form The Cars by 1976.

With several top hits and multi-platinum albums under his belt for his work with The Cars, Orr in 1986 issued his only solo project, The Lace, where he co-wrote all music and lyrics, and it spawned one Top 40 hit, “Stay The Night”. The album had a very familiar rhythm and feel of The Cars but was also free of Ocasek’s frequently cryptic lyrics.

After the break up of The Cars, Orr as well as the other members pursued solo work. From 1995 he led three bands, including ‘Orr’, ‘The Voices of Classic Rock’, and ‘Big People’.

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  • freestyleguy34

    Love this video by Ben very talented singer Ben was. Ben was the best bass player in the 80s. Love all his hits lace circles spinning to hot to stop skyline Ben forever rip brother love u missyyuwell always be my favorite singer role model u rock

    14 Oct 4:44pm Reply
  • Orr12345

    Ben is my role model love this guy great talent and great bass player Ben fan forever

    14 Oct 1:15pm Reply
  • freestyleguy34

    Ben rocks. Talented singer cute guy shame hes gone rip brother miss u :(. Love drive stay the night in circles hold on when yur gone this could be love the lace spinining

    20 Feb 7:16pm Reply
  • freestyleguy34

    Ben my hero love his music role model polish German faverski singur

    12 Jan 6:08am Reply
  • whinyemoboy

    A haunting vocal on this track. Havent heard it in years. So sad he died young. Proof that you dont have to oversing to be an effective interpreter of a lyric. Stay the Night.

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • GangstaBa

    The most beautiful man

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • AORocker

    HOLD ON Benjamin!!!!

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • oracool43

    Stay The Night,Drive...!!!!!!!

    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • natpro

    natpro excelente musico,hermosa voz....por siempre ben

    2 May 2009 Reply
  • MarcoMariutti

    Stay the night.This music is for night

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Rissacakes

    Perhaps one of the most beautiful men that ever walked this planet. :) His voice was lovely, his presence astounding.

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • vamacha63

    Beautiful and romantic song of the 80's with the beautiful voice of Benjamin Orr, bassist and co-founder singer of The Cars ! More about him in my page, (including rare video of DRIVE (live), to all fans: * http://www.youtube.com/user/Vamacha63 * Stay the night video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePJq68ZxUw8 * Ben Orr's Official Group-USA (enjoy): http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/BenjaminOrrAMusicalLegacy * RIP BEN...WE MISS YOU !!!

    12 Jul 2008 Reply
  • takusamadotcom

    "Stay The Night" is a masterpiece, a must for all 80's lovers. I miss you Benjamin, rest in peace :°(

    6 Jul 2008 Reply
  • J1992L

    He sure was talented!

    23 May 2008 Reply
  • Inverse4

    Ditto

    25 Dec 2007 Reply
  • xxeditorsfan

    I love ya, Ben. Everybody misses you and your lovely voice. :(

    3 Feb 2007 Reply
  • Drreeaaa

    WOOT! #1 once again. :] Ben, I love you. I wish you were still here, we need you. RIP<3.

    25 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Drreeaaa

    WOOHOO! I`m the top listener. :] I love you Ben. RIP<3.

    22 Dec 2006 Reply

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