The music world recently commemorated the one year anniversary of the passing of the singer better known as Meatloaf, born Marvin Lee Aday. The singer, actor, and born storyteller passed away on January 20, 2022. He became a staple in the recording industry in 1977, with the release of the album Bat Out of Hell.
Bat Out of Hell featured the vocals of Meatloaf on songs that were written and composed by Jim Steinman. The album featured hit classics such as Bat Out Of Hell, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, Paradise By the Dashboard Light, Heaven Can Wait, and Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.
Meatloaf had a theatrical background and that became apparent when you watched him perform, whether live or in his music videos. He performed in touring productions of both the musicals Hair and Rocky Horror Show. He would also go on to appear in the film version of the latter, playing Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Still to this day, the Bat Out of Hell album is recognized as one of the best selling albums of all-time. The full story of Meatloaf’s career would take much more than one online article to cover. So for now, sit back and enjoy two of Meatloaf’s most popular songs!
~ Bat Out of Hell ~
While Meatloaf more often than not got more of the attention and spotlight than Jim Steinman (as most singers often do), Steinman himself left behind a long collection of hit songs. In addition to his collaborations with Meatloaf, he also wrote the following hit songs… Making Love Out of Nothing At All (Air Supply), Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler), Holding Out for A Hero (Bonnie Tyler), and It’s All Coming Back To Me Now (Celine Dion).
Both Meatloaf and Jim Steinman found success apart from each other. That said, their work together will always be the calling card for these two. Steinman passed away on April 19, 2021, a little under a year before Meatloaf. May they both rest in (eternal) peace and may the music world continue to enjoy and celebrate the work they left behind.
~ Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad ~
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