Benjamin Orr Biography
(Best Known as the Bassist, Co-founder, and Co-lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'The Cars')
Birthday: September 8, 1947 (Virgo)
Born In: Lakewood, Ohio, United States
Benjamin Orr was an American singer and bassist, who was one of the co-founders of the rock band ‘The Cars’. He was originally from Ohio and started pursuing music quite early in his life. Known in his neighbourhood as "Benny 11 Letters", Benjamin could play a variety of instruments, including the drums, guitar, bass guitar, and keyboards. In 1964, he became a member of a band named Grasshoppers and wrote one of their singles, ‘Pink Champagne (and Red Roses)’. In the 1960s, he became acquainted with the future frontman of The Cars, Ric Ocasek. The group was formed in 1976 in Boston, Massachusetts, with Ocasek as the leading and backing vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter; Orr as the bassist and backing and leading vocalist; Elliot Easton as the lead guitarist; Greg Hawkes as the keyboardist; and David Robinson as the drummer. During Orr’s time with the group, they released six studio albums. He and Ocasek were also part of the folk band ‘Milkwood’ with guitarist James Goodkind for a brief period. After ‘The Cars’ split up in 1988, Orr sought to establish himself as a solo artist. He passed away in 2000 at age 53.