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Singer Meat Loaf dies at 74


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American singer and actor Meat Loaf, absolute king of the hard-rock ballad and one of the most unique voices in the genre, has died at the age of 74, as confirmed by his agent. The musician passed away on January 20 with his wife Deborah at his side, due to causes that have not transpired.

Flamboyant, excessive, but also very tenacious and hard-working, Meat Loaf, whose real name was Michael Lee Aday, became well known for ‘Bat Out of Hell’, one of the best-selling albums of all time. He had a career spanning six decades and sold more than 100 million records. Worldwide. As an actor, he has starred in more than 65 films and has participated in numerous television series.

“We know how much it meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we go through this time of grief over the loss of such an artist. inspiring and such a beautiful man» Meat Loaf’s family said in a statement. “From your heart to your souls… never stop rocking!”

A historic debut

Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas in 1947, Meat Loaf got his start in show business working in the musicals ‘Hair’ and ‘More Than You Deserve’, before starring in the cult musical ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. During this time, he recorded his own ‘singles’ and sang on Ted Nugent’s ‘Free For All’, before releasing his first album in 1971 under the title ‘Stoney & Meatloaf’ with singer Shaun Murphy, whom he met during the representations of ‘Hair’. It wasn’t until six years later, in 1977, that he released his own acclaimed debut ‘Bat Out Of Hell’, a work composed with Jim Steinman.

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The album grew out of the musical ‘Neverland’, a sci-fi adaptation of the peter pan story in which Steinman had worked, but the couple had a lot of trouble finding a label for him. After two years of auditions and presentations, producer Todd Rundgren was the only one who gave them a chance, and it was finally released on RCA Records. ‘Bat out of Hell’ still sells some 200,000 copies a year today and some 34 million copies have been shipped worldwide. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at position 343 on the list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

He did not return to the studio until the new decade, in which he recorded the albums ‘Dead Ringer’ (1981), ‘Midnight at the Lost and Found’ (1983), ‘Bad Attitude’ (1984) and ‘Blind Before I Stop’ ( 1986), which didn’t match the huge sales of ‘Bat out of Hell’ but kept his name in the limelight.

In 1980 he starred his first feature film, ‘Roadie’ by Alan Rudolph, sharing the cast with other famous musicians such as Alice Cooper, Roy Orbison and Debbie Harry from Blondie. It would be followed by many other films such as ‘Motorama’ (1991), ‘Wayne’s World’ (1992), ‘Spiceworld: The Movie’ (1997), ‘Crazy in Alabama’ (1999) or ‘Fight Club’ (1999 ), and already in the new century, ‘The 51st State’ (2001), ‘Wishcraft’ (2002) and ‘Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny’ (2006), in which he played JB’s father, a character played by JackBlack.

‘I’d Do Anything For Love’

In 1993 he released a sequel to his biggest hit, called ‘Bat Out Of Hell II’, whose single ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ renewed its status as a mass phenomenon, reaching the title of ‘single’ of the year in the United Kingdom despite being almost eight minutes long. But his next album, ‘Welcome to the Neighbourhood’, released in 1995, did not have the expected success and Meat Loaf did not return to the record market until 2003 with ‘Couldn’t Have Said It Better’. It was then that it began to become evident that he had health problems: that same year he fainted during a performance at London’s Wembley Arena and was admitted to the hospital, something that would happen again in 2011 at a concert in Pittsburgh.

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In 2006 a second sequel to ‘Bat out of Hell’ was released, ‘Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose’, with seven new compositions written by Steinman, who passed away in April 2021. His last three albums were ‘ Hang Cool Teddy Bear’ (2010), ‘Hell in a Handbasket’ (2011) and ‘Braver Than We Are’ (2016).

Numerous stars from the entertainment world have given their condolences on social networks, including Cher, with whom he worked in 1981. “I had a lot of fun with Meat Loaf when we did ‘Dead Ringer.’ I feel very sorry for his family, friends and fans. Am I imagining it, or are amazing people in the art world dying every other day? Despite all his accomplishments, Meat Loaf was never inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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