In other words:

ben and david spero
David Spero and Ben Orr. Photo by Bob Ferrell. Originally printed in the book Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars; retrieved from the book’s Facebook page.

“Benny called me one day to tell me that he had a new band called The Cars and he was now calling himself Ben Orr. Because of our friendship, I played their record. What I didn’t realize was that this was a Hall-of-Fame-caliber band that would change the world. Whenever he came to town, he would come in for an interview on my radio show and we always found time to share a meal or two. I always got to eat. Benny basically just signed autographs and had his picture taken.

“In many ways, he never left Cleveland, returning to sing on local records to raise money for different causes, always giving a shout-out to his hometown and never forgetting where he came from.” — David Spero, artist manager, former Cleveland DJ, and former associate producer of Upbeat!, Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars, by Joe Milliken

Interesting note: This photo of David and Ben was taken in April, 1985, when Ben was in Cleveland during the C.A.R.E.S. Sessions to record “Eyes of the Children.” Click on the footage below to catch a bit of his involvement in that project:

5 thoughts on “In other words:

  1. Wanting to reference the comment about his name change: Does anyone know when he started using Orr and where he got the name from? I assume it was an easy choice because an O and R but I do like to think that he was reading an awesome book one day and the name just came out to him =)

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    1. Hmm… good question. He was definitely Orzechowski in 1972-73ish during Milkwood (and Ric was Otcasek), and then in 1974ish they were together as Ocasek & Orr. I imagine he just shortened it because of OR and added another R so it wasn’t a conjunction. Haha!

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