The third time was the charm for The Cars to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having been been nominated in 2015 and '16.

Founding members Benjamin Orr and Ric Ocasek met in Cleveland before re-locating to Boston to form the band in the mid-'70s with Greg Hawkes, Elliot East and David Robinson.

Elliot Easton on it taking three nominations for The Cars to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Easton on Cars

One of only a handful of New Wave artists to be enshrined, The Cars are known for a synthesizer-heavy sound on such hits as "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "Let's Go," "Candy-O" and "Drive."

Greg Hawkes says Just What I Needed defines the sound of The Cars. OC:...surprise it was:

Hawkes on Just What Needed

Their self-titled debut album sold six million copies and stayed on the Billboard chart for 139 weeks.

They broke up in 1988 and reunited in 2010 for a new album and tour, but are once again on hiatus.

Ben Orr died from pancreatic cancer in 2000.

They'll be inducted by Brandon Flowers of The Killers, and they will perform.

Elliot Easton on writing a Rock Hall induction speech:

Easton on speech

This year's ceremony is Saturday in Cleveland. Being inducted alongside The Cars are The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Nine Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Bon Jovi.

Highlights will air on HBO on May 5th.

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