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Ben Orr (1947–2000)

Bassist and singer Ben Orr was born Benjamin Orzechowski on September 8, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His Russian and Czechoslovakian parents actively encouraged his musical endeavors. Ben grew up in Lakewood and Parma Heights, Ohio. He played bass, keyboards, and percussion instruments in his teen years. Known locally as "Benny 11-Letters", Orr ... See full bio »


(age 53) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Known For

Live Aid
Live Aid Himself
The Cars: Live
The Cars: Live Himself (bass, lead and backing vocals)
Essential Music Videos: Hits of the '80s
Essential Music Videos: Hits of the '80s Himself (segment "Drive")
My Best Friend's Girl


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 1984 Cars: Heartbeat City (Video)
Bass player
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 2003 Essential Music Videos: Hits of the '80s (Video short)
Himself (segment "Drive") (as The Cars)
 2000 The Cars: Live (TV Movie documentary)
Himself (bass, lead and backing vocals)
 1985 Live Aid (TV Special documentary)
Himself (as The Cars)
 1978 My Best Friend's Girl (Video short)
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 2006 The Cars: Unlocked (Video)
Himself (bass, lead and backing vocals)

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Other Works:

Album: "The Lace" (1986/Elektra)

Alternate Names:

The Cars | Benjamin Orr

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Personal Quote:

[asked if his illness--pancreatic cancer--would keep him from performing) If I fall down one day and can't get up, you'll know it's over.


Both Cars DVDs were dedicated to his memory. See more »

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