#1056: Mod Socks by The Grasshoppers
Peak Month: April 1965
8 weeks on Vancouver’s CFUN chart
Peak Position #11
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 #104
Benjamin Orzechowski was born in September 1947 in Lakewood, Ohio. His school nickname was “Benny 11 letters” because of the number of letters in his surname. While in public school Orr learned to play the guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and drums. He recalled in an interview, “I had a lot of encouragement from my parents. They started me with drum lessons. I had 13 years of formal lessons.” He was a lead singer of a number of groups including the Grasshoppers from 1964 to 1966. After the band split up in 1966 he was drafted into the U.S. Army in the late 60s, but did not go to Vietnam. After he was discharged he went by the name Benjamin Orr, and went on to found the Cars who had a number of new wave hits including “Let’s Go” and “Drive“.
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