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Benjamin Orzechowski (Orr, Benjamin)

Born: 1947 AD
Died: 2000 AD, at 53 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Guitarist, Musicians


1947 - Benjamin Orzechowski, born on the 8th of September in Lakewood, Cleveland, Ohio. He was the bass guitar player and one of the vocalists for New Wave band The Cars.

1976 - He and Ocasek recruited left-handed lead guitarist Elliott Easton for their band Cap'n Swing. Multi-instrumentalist Greg Hawkes, whom Orr and Ocasek had worked with on an album for the group Milkwood, and drummer David Robinson joined soon after. This new band became the Cars.

1978 - Signing with Elektra/Asylum, their first album, The Cars, with production by Roy Thomas Baker, was released in May.

1979 - The second album, Candy O, was released in June and went platinum. At the same time, the Cars was racking up platinum-plus sales.

1981 - The hits continued with platinum awards for Shake It Up and Heartbeart City.

1986 - While their Greatest Hits made it into the Top 20 and so did the Cars disbanded.

1995 - He also appeared on Ocasek's solo LP This Side of Paradise and two Joni Mitchell albums: Misses and Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm. Rhino issued the two CD set Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology in November.

2000 - During the summer, he reunited with the rest of the Cars to film the documentary The Cars Live, which was scheduled for release in November of that year by Rhino Home Video.

       - At the age of 53, he died from pancreatic cancer in his Atlanta, Georgia, home on the 3rd of October.


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