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Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar's polished mainstream pop/rock made her one of the more popular female vocalists of the early '80s. Although she came on like an arena rocker with her power chords, tough sexuality, and powerful vocals, her music was straight pop/rock underneath all the bluster. Born Patricia Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the singer was raised in the nearby town of Lindenhurst on Long Island, NY. Benatar began singing regularly in the New York City area by the '70s, where she was discovered at the Catch a Rising Star club and signed by Chrysalis Records. Backed by a stellar band led by guitarist Neil Geraldo (who the singer would later marry) that provided the perfect accompaniment that was able to effortlessly alternate between rockers and ballads. Benatar quickly established herself as one of rock's top vocalists, scoring a hit right of the bat with her debut album, 1979's In the Heat of the Night, which spawned such radio favorites as "Heartbreaker" and "I Need a Lover" (the latter of which was written by a then-unknown John Mellencamp).

Benatar's sophomore effort, 1980's Crimes of Passion, more than delivered on the debut's promise and it's often considered to be the finest recording of her career. Spurred on by such classic rock radio standards as "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Treat Me Right," and "You Better Run," the album was certified platinum shortly after its release and Benatar became a certified arena headliner in the U.S. Benatar also became one of the most-played artists during MTV's early days, received several Grammy Awards around this time, and continued to enjoy massive hits and sold-out tours throughout the early to mid-'80s, including such albums as 1981's Precious Time, 1982's Get Nervous, 1983's Live from Earth, 1984's Tropico, 1985's Seven the Hard Way, and 1988's Wide Awake in Dreamland, plus the singles "Fire & Ice," "Promises in the Dark," "Shadows of the Night," "Love Is a Battlefield," "We Belong," and "Invincible." But by the end of the decade, it appeared as though Benatar had fallen of the face of the Earth as the hits seemed to dry up.

Benatar opted to shift musical gears and issue an album of blues and R&B, 1991's True Love, which failed to return the singer back to the top of the charts. Benatar returned back to her patented arena rock sound with such further studio releases as 1993's Gravity's Rainbow and 1997's Innamorata (although the latter of which was largely acoustic-based) and while the albums didn't exactly measure up to her earlier releases, both were solid efforts. The late '90s saw a pair of live archival releases hit record store shelves, 1998's 8-15-80 and 1999's The King Biscuit Flower Hour Live, in addition to countless hits collections (although the best of the bunch proved to be 1989's Best Shots, which remains a steady seller to this day). The singer began touring again by the middle of the decade (after taking a five-year hiatus from the road), co-headlining shows with REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac, the Steve Miller Band, and Styx. She also continued to dabble in acting, appearing in the ABC Afterschool Special Torn Between Two Fathers and on various sitcoms. In August 2003, Benatar returned to recording with Go (Vanguard), her first studio LP since 1997's Innamorata. The LP revisited the arena rock/MOR sound that had defined Benatar's career, and was accompanied by an extensive tour. ~ Greg Prato & Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Hi pat have you recently came out with any new videos lately. I love all your music every time I hear love is an battlefield. I start to create my own. Humus����
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I love Pat Benatar! She has an amazing voice!
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We Belong: This is a great, great love song. Great wedding song. I love the lyrics.
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momma_duckie
I'm 10 and I love ''Heart breaker''. Ironic.
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prevo40
Can't get this song out of my head it's the song called " Shadows of the night" . I'm only 16 and May listen to the 80's music but it is better than today's music .. I kinda wish I grew up in the 80's would of been great ... I'm in the wrong generation just saying!!!
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I love this song!
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snowjl99
She is a grate signer .
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My life story(sigh )
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Love is a Battlefield. : Love is only a battlefield if you let it be that way for you. We are only human so the fears happen that create a feeling of a battlefield. With spirituality , you know that this love will overcome anything, so why would it be a battlefield? You know what I'm saying?
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Love is a crappy deal!
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There will never be stuff like the .60,,70 ,,& 80,, classic rock. Music,,,,,,, j o e y t
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IM will forever love the 80's
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Always awesome. Timeless .
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Sexy and talented
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The 80's rock but how would like to Save on eelectricity on hard times like theses log on larryr.mystr e a m .com and save on low rates 5.11 cents kilowatts or join as an associate and make money like me
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She f**king rocks
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The first time I saw her was 1981 in Albuquerque, and as I left the show I thought that rock & roll history would remember how she SIZZLED across the country on that tour. She and her band were HOT. I saw her again in 2000, and 2009. There was no cooling down.
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BEAUTIFUL women♡♡♡♡♡
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Taylor Swift sucks pat benatar rocks
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jcprag
My favorite is Hell is for children
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Friend got arrested at one of her concerts in early80s for holding up a lighter!! Good times!
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chrislyon07
LOVE Pat Benatar. Lyrics, singing and musicianship were all awesome. Takes me back! Powerful singer!!
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Fu*k hit me with your best shot
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Love these songs
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tomschippera z
Going to see her live in August! Looking forward to it!
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fantastic vocals!
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I love this song! It reminds me of my youth. I love the video to this song!
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I love Pat Benatar! She has a powerful and beautiful voice in a petite rocker!
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Love this song uno para otro yes
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sing it in las vegas!!!$
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I had the chance to see her when she performed a free concert in my town. It was pretty cool. She told stories behind the songs and everything. I was waiting for Love Is A Battlefield the whole time, but it was still cool.
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I love that song
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My girl...
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I love your songs
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tomykalipsco m b
I love her n all her songs!!!!!!
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This woman expired me thanks pat benatar I love your song shadows of the night
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Her best song by far!!!
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Pat was born in my hometown Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Away a go girl.
Love ya Pat.
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One of her best songs
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You have to live in the moment ?
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Love her
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She's alright
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amen to agarcia-acos t a
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agarcia-acos t a
This is such a head banger song!
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This girl can rock out!!!!! When guys thought they ruled the rock world pat came and told them to shove it!!!!! I love you pat
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artist685
In high school Pat was bigger than Madonna! Great voice, but raised really nasty children. SPOILED KIDS OF PRIVILEGE!
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Wow - I know, I keep saying that - Pat Benatar is QUITE the artiste!
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Fanstastic group!!
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