Personalities | Meat Loaf | Eighties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1947)

Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas, Meat Loaf had a musical theatre as well as a rock’n’roll background (he starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show). This was apparent on the camp but hugely appealing excess of breakthrough album Bat Out Of Hell in 1977, written by Jim Steinman and produced by Todd Rundgren. The live shows supporting the album have attained mythic status, with Meat Loaf’s good-naturedly melodramatic delivery and massive stature making him an unlikely rock icon. Its successor, Dead Ringer (1981), did even better in the UK, topping the charts, with ‘Dead Ringer For Love’ – featuring Cher as co-vocalist – also a hit. Meat Loaf released several pot-boiling collections before reuniting with Steinman for Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993), which was a transatlantic No. 1, as was its main single ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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