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The Cars, led by Baltimore native Ric Ocasek, get another shot at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

On their third try, the Cars — the rock quartet that blended new wave and pop sensibilities led by Baltimore native Ric Ocasek — will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, the organization announced Wednesday.

Eligible for induction since 2003, the band was previously nominated in 2016 and 2017.

Born Richard Otcasek in 1949, the frontman and producer grew up in Baltimore until he moved to Cleveland when he was 16. He later portrayed the Beatnik Cat in John Waters’ 1988 movie “Hairspray.”

His bandmate Greg Hawkes, who played keyboards in the Cars, is also from the area. Hawkes was born in Fulton, and attended Atholton High School in Columbia, according to his Facebook page.

The Cars disbanded in 1988, and later reunited to release the 2011 album “Move Like This.” Aside from his work with the group and as a solo artist, Ocasek became known for his work as a producer for bands like Weezer, No Doubt, Guided by Voices and other bands.

The 33rd Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be filmed for an HBO broadcast at a later date that has not yet been announced. Other 2018 inductees include Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

In April, rapper Tupac Shakur, who attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2017.

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