Ric Ocasek of The Cars performs during the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Merging guitar rock with synthesizer-based pop, their early hits included Just What I Needed, My Best Friend's Girl and Good Times Roll.
They had 10 other singles in the Billboard top 40, and of their six studio albums, four were in Billboard's top 10.
Ocasek fronted The Cars in the 1970's.
They were always an MTV favorite, and the whimsical, partly animated video for "You Might Think" along with the mournful video for "Drive" brought them near-constant airplay on the channel in the mid-1980s. He was married to model Paulina Porizkova for more than 28 years until their divorce last year.
"It's certainly a wonderful feeling to be accepted by peers and you see the people that are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who gets inducted, it's a positive feeling that you get".
Ocasek was the primary songwriter and co-founded the hit-making band in 1976 in Boston with bassist Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000. "It's been a pretty eventful life, I can say".
Ocasek met Orr in 1965 and they formed their own first band called ID Nirvana in 1968.