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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, TX. 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 songs that comprised the Steinman album 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. Finally he 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. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Comments

okslotman
Lot of his songs are how my life has been
I forget everything when he sings
rite@mary(: not even close!! only one meatloaf
mary6240
I like how Pandora lists similar artists....A S IF.
yes he will
jpeg43
I love all his music
linderloo22
Love on dash board light
His Lyrics are powerful.
aubel.linda
After all these years, Bat Out Of Hell is still the BEST!
1977 got my vascectemoy (sp?) and spent 3 days on the couch memorizing every word of bat out of hell and still sing along - true classic and full of meaning - one of the best singers ever !!
the best album EVER made by far....BAT OUT OF HELL
One of the true, unique talents, whose music NEVER gets old! I can listen to Meat anytime.
Awesome, a true American hero.
I have always enjoyed the way he really sings a song as if it was being pulled right from his guts.
Over rated and hurts my ears. Thumbs down. And I do have an ear for true music and reject those that annoy me.
brich11234
I've allways love Meat Loaf, for the last 20 some years ❤️
phebias_mom
My grandmother introduced me to journey(with Steve Perry), my #1 favorite is meatloaf, and foreigner. And lots others. I'm going to a foreigner,th e eagles, and areosmith I think concert. I'm only ten!
akors
Only *great* and *wholly original* rock of the '70s....
Gotta love MEAT!
I have all your songs and i still think your the best ever
I love meat loaf I think that meat loaf song is so good and love this love
My sister used to do cover s of meat loaf for a bar band.
My childhood would not be the same without his music!
mlstax
To those who would despise Meat Loaf, I say you have no ear for true music. For in his own way Meat Loaf is like a bard of old.
sms20030
Ahhh-reminds me of what was and what might have been.
People like to dis, but without Meatloaf there would be no Jack Black. If he doesn't consider him a major influence he might be truly from another planet. I say that in all seriousness, and maybe laughing on the inside.
Exactly don't touch the Meat, you can feel his passion in his songs and he is incredibly talented and you have to admire his ability to survive, many die from what he has went through!!
Hey no one touches the Meat Loaf I grew up on his music man.
daniel7506
I have collected every issued picture disks and they cover my office. I believe I also have every album of his as well. Fan? Most definitely
i have this vinyl record album of Meatloaf's bat out of hell
I would love to delete all of MEATLOAF - can't stand his shouting. Please give me some help doing this.
Was that the same luncheon they showed on that VH1 movie? Did it happen just like that (he did a speech before the song etc)?
My all time favorite artist. Got to meet him in person at a breast cancer survivors luncheon in 2001 and got a polaroid autographed of us. He was the life of the luncheon and kept us entertained. Very nice guy.
Bat Out Of Hell: A Great 9:52 of a song and album altogether. Have this Album on Vinyl and on my PS3.
Thank you for playing the whole song (I Would Do Anything for Love), instead of the horribly edited radio version. A wonderful song by a fantastic singer when he still had most of his powerful voice. The original BOOH will forever be one of the greatest albums of all time, with the Meatman at his peak.
956452470
absolutly LOVE Meatloaf!!!
What do you mean records under the name Meat Loaf for some unknown reason? He's stated that he was first called Loaf by his father because he was so large at birth and a phys ed teacher started calling him Meat as an insulting nickname. How good are the rest of your bios if I know that off the top of my head?
one of the best voices out there
stankojs1
It was a hot summer night and the beach was burnin'..... . . !
I spent many nights with my husband (to be) and his friends, back when we were young, listening to Meatloaf, especially Paradise by Dashboard Lights. We were lucky enough to see him in person about 8 years ago, and I treasure that memory. After 30 yrs of marriage, my husband passed away, but when I hear any Meatloaf song, it fills me with joy, and I feel my hubby is here me, signing along.
I understand he earned the name Meatloaf when he was a high school football player. He stepped on his coach's foot, wearing cleats of course, and his his coach exclaimed Get off of my foot, you big fat meatloaf!
I'd Lie For You is the MOST romantic song ever written. So much emotion and love went into this song. I love Meat Loaf!!
ccorey291
Love love love Meat Loaf!!
Love the old time Meatloaf songs!
they broke the mold after him
Just saw him in concert, he sounded terrible, please get your knee surgery and enjoy retirement. His voice and memory for the lyrics is gone. Terrible to witness, really enjoy his recordings.
Lovin' me some Meat Loaf, and I'm only 14!! My momma showed me this when I was little and would (on occasion) sing 'Paradise By The Dashboard Light' at karaoke with her best friend. Ever since the age of 6, I have been enjoying his music and now, when I'm feeling down, he always makes me feel better and puts me in a good mood.
joegoodman1
He's still rockin!! Just saw him 2 weeks ago - great show & does Paradise with the original (Patrica Russo & she's still HOT) female vocalist. Gotta go see him if you haven't
I know more songs from meatloaf then my mom and she grew up with him :)
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