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Meat Loaf

Marvin Lee Aday is a singer and occasional actor who, for reasons never definitively answered, has recorded under the name Meat Loaf. In all likelihood a childhood nickname, the tag stuck, and many puns followed as the performer -- who tipped the scales at well over 300 pounds -- became one of the biggest chart acts of the 1970s before enjoying a commercial renaissance two decades later.

Meat Loaf was born in Dallas, Texas. The product of a family of gospel singers, he moved to Los Angeles in 1967 and formed a group known as both Meat Loaf Soul and Popcorn Blizzard. The band earned some renown through opening gigs in support of the Who, the Stooges, and Ted Nugent before Meat Loaf won a role in a West Coast production of the musical Hair. During a tour stop in Detroit, he and a fellow castmate named Stoney teamed to record the 1971 LP Stoney & Meat Loaf for Motown's Rare Earth imprint. After a tenure in the off-Broadway production Rainbow (In New York), Meat Loaf earned a slot in More Than You Deserve, a musical written by classically trained pianist Jim Steinman. An appearance in the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show followed, and in 1976 Meat Loaf also handled vocal duties on one side of Nugent's LP Free-for-All.

Soon, Meat Loaf reteamed with Steinman for a tour with the National Lampoon road show, after which Steinman began composing a musical update of the Peter Pan story titled Never Land. Ultimately, much of what Steinman composed for Never Land became absorbed into 1977's Bat Out of Hell, the album that made Meat Loaf a star. Produced by Todd Rundgren, the record was pure melodrama, a teen rock opera that spawned three Top 40 singles -- "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," and "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" -- on its way to becoming one of the best-selling albums of the decade.

A sequel was planned, but in 1981 Steinman issued his own solo debut, Bad for Good. After Meat Loaf released his own follow-up, Dead Ringer, rumors began flying, and it was reported that Loaf had been unable to record the Steinman album songs due to physical and emotional problems. Eventually, Steinman filed suit against Meat Loaf and his label, Epic, and none of his songs appeared on the 1983 Meat Loaf effort Midnight at the Lost and Found. After subsequent records like 1984's Bad Attitude and 1986's Blind Before I Stop bombed, the singer declared bankruptcy and began physical and psychological rehabilitation to restore his road-ravaged voice.

After several years in relative obscurity, Meat Loaf and Steinman reunited in 1993 for Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, which continued the original's story line and duplicated its thunderous sound. The follow-up proved almost as successful as the first Bat Out of Hell, selling over five million copies and yielding a massive hit single with "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." Without Steinman, he returned in 1995 with Welcome to the Neighborhood. The career-long concert compilation Live Around the World followed one year later, but Meat Loaf released no more new material until well into the 2000s. He finally recorded Couldn't Have Said It Better, which was released on Sanctuary in 2003.

Three years later, after resolving the disputes surrounding its release, Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose came out (sans Steinman, though many of his songs were used, which was what caused the problems in the first place), tracks from which were added to the production of Loaf's Bat Out of Hell play. Meat Loaf's 11th studio album, Hang Cool Teddy Bear, appeared in 2010. Featuring guest spots from Jack Black, Hugh Laurie, and Queen's Brian May, it was based on a short story by his friend screenwriter and director Kilian Kerwin and told the story of a wounded soldier whose life begins flashing before his eyes. The less conceptual Hell in a Handbasket LP arrived a year later and was produced by Meat Loaf's guitarist, Paul Crook. Finally, two decades after their last collaboration, Meat Loaf and Steinman reunited to work on his 13th studio album, Braver Than We Are. The album appeared in September of 2016. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography


Track List: Hell In A Handbasket

1. All Of Me

2. The Giving Tree

3. Live Or Die

4. Blue Sky/Mad Mad World/The Good God Is A Woman And She Don't Like Ugly

5. California Dreamin'

6. Party Of One

7. Another Day

8. Forty Days

9. Our Love & Our Souls

10. Stand In The Storm

11. Blue Sky

12. Fall From Grace


Track List: Hang Cool Teddy Bear

1. Peace On Earth

2. Living On The Outside

3. Los Angeloser

4. If I Can't Have You

5. Love Is Not Real/Next Time You Stab Me In The Back

6. Like A Rose

7. Did You Ever Love Somebody

8. Song Of Madness

9. Running Away From Me

10. Let's Be In Love

11. If It Rains

12. Elvis In Vegas


Track List: Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose

1. The Monster Is Loose

2. Blind As A Bat

4. Bad For Good

5. Cry Over Me

6. In The Land Of The Pig, The Butcher Is King

7. Monstro

8. Alive

9. If God Could Talk

10. If It Aint Broke Break It

11. What About Love

12. Seize The Night

13. The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

14. Cry To Heaven


Track List: Welcome To The Neighborhood

1. Where The Rubber Meets The Road

2. I'd Lie For You

3. Original Sin

4. 45 Seconds Of Ecstasy

5. Runnin' For The Red Light (I Gotta Life)

6. Fiesta De Las Almas Perdidas

7. Left In The Dark

8. Not A Dry Eye In The House

9. Amnesty Is Granted

10. If This Is The Last Kiss (Let's Make It Last All Night)

11. Martha

12. Where Angels Sing


Track List: Bat Out Of Hell II - Back Into Hell

1. I'd Do Anything For Love

2. Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back

3. Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through

4. It Just Won't Quit

5. Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire)

6. Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are

7. Wasted Youth

8. Everything Louder Than Everything Else

9. Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)

10. Back Into Hell

11. Lost Boys And Golden Girls


Track List: Hits Out Of Hell

1. Bat Out Of Hell

2. Read 'Em And Weep

3. Dead Ringer For Love

4. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

5. Midnight At The Lost And Found

6. All Revved Up With No Place To Go

7. I'm Gonna Love Her For Both Of Us

8. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)

9. Razor's Edge

10. Paradise By The Dashboard Light


Track List: Bat Out Of Hell

1. Bat Out Of Hell

2. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)

3. Heaven Can Wait

4. All Revved Up With No Place To Go

5. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad

6. Paradise By The Dashboard Light

7. For Crying Out Loud


Track List: Braver Than We Are (Bonus Version)

1. Who Needs The Young

2. Going All The Way Is Just The Start (A Song In 6 Movements) [Feat. Ellen Foley & Karla DeVito]

3. Speaking In Tongues (Feat. Stacy Michelle)

4. Loving You's A Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It) [Feat. Stacy Michelle]

5. Souvenirs

6. Only When I Feel

7. More

8. Godz

9. Skull Of Your Country (Feat. Cian Coey)

10. Train Of Love

11. I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) [Songwriter Demo]

12. Dirty Water (Songwriter Demo)

13. Prize Fight Lover (Songwriter Demo)

14. Who Needs The Young (Songwriter Demo)

15. Going All The Way Is Just The Start (Feat. Ellen Foley & Karla DeVito) [Radio Edit]


Track List: Couldn't Have Said It Better

1. Couldn't Have Said It Better

2. Did I Say That

3. Why Isn't That Enough

4. Love You Out Loud

5. Man Of Steel

6. Testify

7. Tear Me Down

8. You're Right, I Was Wrong

9. Because Of You

10. Do It!

11. Forever Young


Track List: Live Around The World

Disc 1

1. I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) (Live)

3. Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back (Live)

5. Dead Ringer For Love (Live)

6. Heaven Can Wait (Live)

7. All Revved Up With No Place To Go (Live)

Disc 2

2. Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire) (Live)

4. Midnight At The Lost And Found (Live)

7. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad (Live)

10. Bat Out Of Hell (Live)


Track List: Los Angeloser (Radio Single)

1. Los Angeloser


Track List: VH1 Storytellers: Meat Loaf

1. All Revved Up With No Place To Go (VH1 Storytellers)

2. Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back (VH1 Storytellers)

3. Story (Written Just For You) (VH1 Storytellers)

4. You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Nights) (VH1 Storytellers)

5. Story: What I Won't Do (VH1 Storytellers)

6. I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) (VH1 Storytellers)

7. Lawyers, Guns And Money (VH1 Storytellers)

8. Story (Working For Jim Steinman In New York) (VH1 Storytellers)

9. More Than You Deserve (VH1 Storytellers)

10. Story (Peter Pan) (VH1 Storytellers)

11. Heaven Can Wait (VH1 Storytellers)

12. Story (Paradise In The Office) (VH1 Storytellers)

13. Paradise By The Dashboard Light (VH1 Storytellers)

14. Story (Performing On Television) (VH1 Storytellers)

15. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad (VH1 Storytellers)

16. Story (Bat Out Of Psycho) (VH1 Storytellers)

17. Bat Out Of Hell (VH1 Storytellers)

18. Is Nothing Sacred (New Single Version) (Duet With Patti Russo) (VH1 Storytellers)


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Thank you for the time of my life , you rock out loud , I love this album, God Bless
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I will always love Meatloaf. His passion is unprecedente d . His message so real. Thanks, Meatloaf, your music has gotten me through more than a few days and nights.
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Love his music
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There is a current documentary on Netflix about Bat Out of Hell and it says he got the name partially from his initials ML (= Meat Loaf) and from playing football where the coach said something to the effect of him standing like a meat loaf.
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Meatloaf is one of my favorite singers ever since I was little. I got my children into his music. His music is amazing.
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Don't anyone sleep anymore
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I have meatloaf in the fridge right now.....I plan on eating it tomorrow for brunch with some cheese bread. Yum!
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Loved Meatloaf when I was growing up and still do����
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Love me some meatloaf grew up on it
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The day KGB 101.5 FM played Paradise By The Dashboard Light I recorded it on my TEAC PRO 8 Head Reel2Reel. Transferred it to 8 Trac, Put it in my Majestic 8 player installed in my brothers V8Capri and cranked it up in the parking lot of a San Diego State College Frat House!! Oh! and there was a Sorority Girl with me in the car!!! Thank's Meat!!! S.P.O.
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I have been a fan since day 1! Rock on my friend!
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I've been listening to Meat Loaf since i was 2...lel
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Always have enjoyed his music one of my faves of all time!
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In my top five artists and albums !!
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Had the pleasure of meeting the whole family while I was deployed on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on deployment, they were brought onboard as DV's.
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My wonderful friend and client, Steve Popovich, was instrumental in making Meatloaf a star by believing in him when no one else did and signing him to Cleveland Records in 1975. Steve was one of the few totally honest persons in the music business, had a great ear for music, and tragically passed away a few years ago. I will never forget him and miss him greatly to this day.
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I don't feel like reading through everyone else's posts, so this may have already been addressed, but Meat's Pandora bio states that it was never explained why he took the handle Meat Loaf. Not true. The nickname was given to him by his abusive father before he ran away from home. Watch VH1's Behind the Music from time to time, Pandora!!!
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Well, I would definitively say that Meat Loaf sounds exponentiall y cooler than Marvin Aday.
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Great voice - met him not too long ago in a TSA line at Logan Airport in Boston.
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Love meat loaf's music ever since I was 10yrs old 47 now. Surf's up for the Bad Attitude album is one of my favorite songs of his.
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I saw Meatloaf at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Halloween night 2013 and it was a night of pure magic. During the show and especially when he sang You Took The Words Right out of My Mouth I was 22 again, my beloved Mary Jo was still alive and the world was filled with limitless possibilitie s . His was easily the best show I have ever seen on the Vegas Strip.
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Grew up on Meatloaf! Introduced it to my children saying Now THIS is music! Timeless, fun and TRUE!! Saw him at Seneca Casino 2 years ago with my sister. We sang every song! Would love to be his female singer in Paradise just once!!
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I'm looking forward to the upcoming Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman new album Braver Than we Are!
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i love all his songs. its a shame more people i hang out with dont feel the same way. to hell with what they think cuz meatloaf has an amazing voice and many wonderful songs
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He sings the most romantic song ever written and it was my wedding song. I'd Lie For You is a brilliant, sincere, and beautiful song.
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Many of us lived the classic Paradise by the Dashboard Lights and later I would do anything for Love. Saw Meat is Vegas is 2014 @ Planet Hollywood. Couldn't believe how many old rockers were there..up, dancing and singing. Meat's songs are in the hearts of many.
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Saw him at Central Park skating rink in August 1978 great show.
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Best song on the BOOH album is the title cut- Steinman is a musical icon.
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that would be great
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Earlier this year, "Weird Al" Yankovic mentioned that he thinks "I Would Do Anything for Lunch" would be a great Meatloaf parody.
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Rock and opera best combination ever!
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Best ever.
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I want to see him LIVE just once! Great artist that I found as a late bloomer!
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Didn't mention the movie he did where he epically battles the last working car left in America... forget the movie title, John Ritter plays Jerry Brown as president.
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Objects in the rear view mirror. One epic tune.
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I love them a lot and now i can hear them!yea
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I Love Meatloaf my parents where raise on this
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love meatloaf
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i would love to comment, but i won't do that !!
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Heaven Can Wait: Great song. I think Meat Loaf is a great music artist. Whatever happened to him?
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Simply the best.
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sorry babe
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but i wont do that...
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i would anything for love!
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Meat Loaf Still Rocks
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When will the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognize him?
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