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Multi-Talented Meat Loaf

Updated on July 28, 2016

“I never fit in. I am a true alternative. And I love being the outcast. That's my role in life, to be an outcast.”

—Meat Loaf

Yes, there is a talented singer whose stage name is Meat Loaf. As you can see above in his own words he prefers to be an outcast always different from the rest. He is a multi-platinum musician who became popular through his rock opera “Bat Out of Hell”. He has also acted in cult films such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Fight Club”.

The Beginning

This singer and musician came into this world as Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. He had a trouble childhood but managed to get through all the rough spots and made it all the way to The University of North Texas. He dodged the draft by gaining 60 pound in order to fail the physical. Then in 1967 Meat Loaf left education and Texas behind and headed for Los Angeles, California. There he became a bouncer and started his first band Meat Loaf Soul. He found greater success in acting and got a role in the stage musical “Hair” which led him to New York City and Broadway. The best way to get to know Meatloaf and his music is to take a look at his progress through his albums and his music.

Bat Out of Hell 1977

Meat Loaf’s first album sold an estimated 43 million copies globally with 15 million just in the U.S. Three popular songs from this album are “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” and “Heaven Can Wait”.

Storm clouds gathered after his success with the first album. While working on the second album Bad for Good Meat Loaf became a heavy cocaine user and suffered a nervous breakdown and even threatened to commit suicide from the ledge of a building in New York City. At one point he even lost his voice which doctors told him was purely psychological. All of the songs on this album were written my American songwriter Jim Steinman and he wound up also performing most of them due to the problems that Meat Loaf was going through. Later on one song was added as an extension of this album and that song was sung by Meatloaf – “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through”.

Dead Ringer was released in 1981. All of the songs were written and composed by Jim Steinman. Two songs that stand out are “I’m Gonna Love Her for Both of Us” and “Dead Ringer for Love” a duet with Cher.

In 1984 Meat Loaf came out with Midnight at the Lost and Found including songs like “Midnight at the Lost and Found” and “If You Really Want To”.

Bad Attitude was recorded in England and released in 1984. It was a hard rock effort with the most popular song being “Modern Girl”.

In 1986 Meat Loaf came out with a not so successful album Blind Before I Stop which was produced in Germany. It included such songs as “Rock ‘n’ Roll Mercenaries” and “One More Kiss”.

Meat Loaf was back on top in 1993 when Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell was released and the song “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” reached number one in 28 countries. Altogether this album sold more than 14 million copies all over the world. Other songs included “Life is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back” and “Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are”.

He came out with Welcome to the Neighboorhood in 1995. The album included three singles that reached the Top 40 – “I’d Lie for You”, “Not a Dry Eye in the House” and “Runnin’ for the Red Light”.

In 1998 he came out with The Very Best of Meat Loaf.

Couldn’t Have Said it Better was released in 2003. It included three singles “Did I Say That”, “Couldn’t Have Said it Any Better” and “Man of Steel”.

In 2004 Meat Loaf when on an Australian Tour which resulted in the album Bat Out of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. All of the songs came from his previous albums. One song with the orchestra is “Mercury Blues”.

Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose came out in 2006 and included the single “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”.

Meat Loaf went on a tour through America and Europe and in February 2007 the documentary Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise was shown at the Montreal World Film Festival, opened in theaters in March 2008 and released on DVD in May 2008. The documentary included portions of his tour.

While performing at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England Meat Loaf was about to begin a song when he suddenly told his audience that he thanked them for 30 wonderful years but couldn’t go on and left the stage. However Meat Loaf was not finished he was once again suffering from health problems and wound up with laryngitis, was diagnosed with a cyst on this vocal cords and cancelled the remainder of his European tour. He released a statement saying that it breaks his heart not to be able to perform these shows but that he would be back. He returned to perform in Plymouth, England on June 27, 2008 for The Casa de Carne Tour with his longtime duet partner Patti Russo.

The next album started in 2009 was Hang Cool Teddy Bear based on a short story by L.A. based screenwriter and director Killian Kerwin. Both Hugh Laurie and Jack Black perform on this album. You’ll remember Hugh Laurie as Dr. House and Jack Black is an American actor, comedian, singer and producer. Laurie plays the piano in “If I Can’t Have You” and Black sings a duet with Meat Loaf in “Like a Rose”. The release of this album was followed by The Hang Cool Tour that continued through the summer of 2011. The first single from this album was “Los Angeloser”.

In 2011 Meat Loaf released Hell in a Handbasket featuring songs like “All of Me”, “Blue Sky” and “Mad, Mad World”. The Mad, Mad World Tour began in June 2012.

Meat Loaf continues to perform and record and his next projects are a Christmas album and another rock album for release in the spring of 2016.


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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I hear ya, Rasma. You make me laugh....

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      You welcome Ruby. He had great music but kind of wild.

      Thank you Missy Smith.

      Thank you Michael.

      Goodness Shauna I think that way he looks in some of those videos I'd rather listen to his songs than look at him.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I never was a fan of Meat Loaf, although I do like a couple of his songs. I learned a lot about him from this hub, Rasma. Each of his songs really tell a story, don't they? I was surprised to learn he's still touring. I wonder what he looks like today...

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      cleaner3 2 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      my favorite is "Paradise by the Dashboard lights" always was a rock and roll person .... great write Gypsy.....

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      I'm not a great fan of Meat Loaf, but my sister was growing up. I wonder if it was because his stage name was the same as her favorite food? lol... Nah, I think she genuinely liked his music.

      He was indeed different lyrically and musically back in his day. Nice Hub!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm lol at Nell's remark. Hee.. Meat Loaf was not one of my favorites. His life story was interesting and somewhat sad. Thanks for sharing..

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I love this energy when he sings Manatita. Love all kinds of music.

      Glad you enjoyed Nell.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      lol! I really need to change my glasses, I thought this was a cooking hub! still, this was really interesting! I did like his music way back when, but I haven't heard from him on TV for a while, so this was cool! now for the glasses.....LOL!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Still going, eh? Actually he is not that old. Just one or two songs that I know. Interesting that so much of his songs were written for him. Full of vibrancy.