RIP Meatloaf

Meat Loaf, American singer whose bombastic rock opera “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at age 74, according to a statement put out on his official Facebook page. Meat Loaf’s agent confirmed his death to CNN. No cause of death was shared. The singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, was born in Dallas.Meat Loaf’s two biggest albums — 1977’s “Bat Out of Hell” and the 1993 follow-up “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” — produced numerous hit singles, including “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”He also won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love.”

Meat Loaf also appeared in several television shows and films, including the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Fight Club” and “Wayne’s World.” The singer acknowledged physical problems had affected his ability to perform. But in November, he posted on Facebook that he’d had four back surgeries and would be back in the studio in the new year. his early career started in Los Angeles, when he formed his first band, Meat Loaf Soul, after a nickname coined by his football coach because of his weight. Some local success led him to be asked to joine the Los Angeles production of the musical Hair. He recorded an album with Shaun “Stoney” Murphy, titled Stoney & Meatloaf in 1971.

In late 1973, Meat Loaf was cast in the original L.A. Roxy cast of The Rocky Horror Show, playing the parts of Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott. In 1976, Meat Loaf recorded lead vocals for Ted Nugent’s album Free-for-All when regular Nugent lead vocalist Derek St. Holmes temporarily quit the band. Meat Loaf sang lead on five of the album’s nine tracks. As on the “Stoney & Meatloaf” album, he was credited as Meatloaf (one word) on the “Free-for-All” liner notes. Meat Loaf and Steinman started Bat Out of Hell in 1972, but did not get serious about it until the end of 1974. Meat Loaf decided to leave theater and concentrate exclusively on music. Bat Out of Hell has sold an estimated 43 million copies globally (15 million of those in the United States), making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.

In the United Kingdom alone, its 2.1 million sales put it in 38th place. Despite peaking at No. 9 and spending only two weeks in the top ten in 1981, it has now spent 485 weeks on the UK Albums Chart (May 2015), a figure bettered only by Rumours by Fleetwood Mac with 487 weeks. In Australia, it knocked the Bee Gees off the No. 1 spot and became the biggest-selling album of all time in that country. Bat Out of Hell has, as of December 2020, spent a total of 522 weeks in the Top 200 in the UK chart; this makes it the longest stay in any music chart in the world, although the published chart contains just 100 positions. Meat Loaf followed up with a sequel years later — “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” – which produced a number 1 hit, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” He won a Grammy for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.

He & Steinmen wrote several more albums before the latter’s death in April of 2021. With his first wife, Meatloaf has a daughter, Amanda Aday, a television actress. His  Pearl, who later married Anthrax rhythm guitarist Scott Ian. In 1998, the family relocated to California. Meat Loaf and Leslie divorced in 2001. He married Deborah Gillespie in 2007. the musician’s wife was by his side and his friends had been with him in his final 24 hours and it is reported on TMZ that the reason for death was Covid.

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