Meat Loaf Passes Away

Surrounded by his family on January 20, 2022. The artist we knew as Meat Loaf born Marvin Lee Aday, born on Sept 27, 1947 has passed away at the age of 74.

Many who listen to The Beat Chicago grew up with two kinds of Meat Loaf. The kind we were forced to eat and the kind we couldn’t wait to hear.

Meat Loaf, the singer and actor sold more than 100 million records worldwide and had roles in over 50 films including “The Rocky Horror Show” and “Fight Club”.

The 1977 album “Bat Out Of Hell” launched the Jim Steinman penned rock opera “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”

We put together some of his best videos for you to enjoy below, speaking of videos…. Upon release of Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf convinced his record label to give him $30,000 to produce films of live-on-soundstage performances of three of the songs from Bat Out of Hell, including “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”. Ellen Foley, who sang on the album, declined to be on the Bat Out Of Hell tour, and Karla DeVito assumed live performance responsibilities, so the music video was created by syncing the video of DeVito’s performance to the audio of Foley’s vocals.

35mm prints of these films were distributed to movie theaters holding midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as a short subject to play before the feature (in which Meat Loaf appeared).  If you happen to have one of those 35mm prints, they’re very, very valuable.

It wasn’t ’til 1993 that Meat Loaf finally won a Grammy Award for “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) from the Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell album.

R.I.P. Meat Loaf… keep on rockin’.