Birthday: Cars' David Robinson

Drummer David Robinson

was one half of the rhythm section of the

COLOR="#003163">Cars, one of the most commercially

successful bands to emerge from the late '70s new wave scene.

Robinson was born April 2, 1953, in Boston. He played in Jonathan Richman's

Modern Lovers before

becoming the last member to join the Massachusetts-based Cars, who were

formed by singer/guitarist Ric

Ocasek and bassist Ben

Orr in 1976.

The Cars' eponymous first LP (1978) featured their bouncy, electronic-

influenced new-wave pop and scored with three hits: "Just What I Needed," "My

Best Friend's Girl," and "Good Times Roll." Candy-O included the 1979

top-20 hit "Let's Go." When the Cars took a break in the early '80s, Robinson

drummed with Boston band Ooh Ah


The Cars returned with their most successful album, Heartbeat City

(1984), which spawned the smashes "Drive," "Magic," "You Might Think" and

"Hello Again."

After the relative commercial disappointment of Door to Door (1987), the

Cars split.

Other birthdays Sunday: Kurt

Winter (Guess

Who), 54; Leon

Wilkerson (Lynyrd

Skynyrd), 48; and Keren

Woodward (

COLOR="#003163">Bananarama), 39.