Benjamin Orr

American musician (1947–2000)

Benjamin "Ben" Orzechowski (September 8, 1947 – October 4, 2000), known professionally as Benjamin Orr and Ben Orr, was an American musician best known as the bassist, primary lead singer and co-founder of the rock band the Cars. He sang lead vocals on several of their best known songs, including "Just What I Needed", "Let's Go" and "Drive". He also scored a moderate solo hit with "Stay the Night."

Benjamin Orr
Birth nameBenjamin Orzechowski
BornSeptember 8, 1947
Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.
DiedOctober 4, 2000(2000-10-04) (aged 53)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresRock, new wave
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
  • Bass guitar
  • vocals
Years active1965–2000

Orr was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars in 2018.[1]

Orr died from pancreatic cancer.[2]


  1. "The Cars". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  2. "The Cars' Benjamin Orr hospitalized". 2000-05-24. Retrieved 2018-09-17.

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