Former Cars frontman Ric Ocasek has been named senior vice president/A&R at Elektra Entertainment Group.
"This announcement is a special homecoming for both Ric and Elektra," stated Sylvia Rhone, chairman/CEO of Elektra "The breadth and scope of Ric's legendary musical and production career is unparalleled in this industry. His ear for discovering and nurturing talent and his incredible rapport with artists has resulted in a host of career-making records. His keen insight, and his endless devotion to finding great music makes him a once-in-a-lifetime addition to all of Elektra. The entire company joins me in welcoming Ric back to the label that launched his great career."
"I'm elated about becoming part of Elektra again," said Ocasek. "In 1970, Elektra was the first record company I ever visited. I was just a kid from Cleveland, but I idolized Elektra bands like the Doors, Love, Joni Mitchell, and all the others. Elektra had the most adventurous folk roster of that era and was already building their great legacy. Of course, the Cars signed with Elektra in 1978, so I feel like I'm coming full circle. My love for the label is still strong as I find myself here again in 2003. I'm a great admirer of Sylvia's career and look forward to working closely with her and her great staff. I always love searching for new music, and hopefully we can break some things that are really exciting and different."
Ocasek began his noted production career in the early '80's producing albums for such artists as Bad Brains, Romeo Void, Iggy Pop, Weezer, No Doubt, Guided By Voices, Hole, Bad Religion and others.