- Singer Meat Loaf dies at 74
Michael Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, has left us at the age of 74. He rose to fame with his 'Bat Out of Hell' from the year 77 and in his long career of six decades he sold a hundred million albums worldwide.
In his long career and stardom, Meat Loaf bequeathed us various rock songs that had tremendous success with a special predilection for the changing epic: those long ballads combined with hits of hardness and speed typical of the genre, or, rather the opposite, fast songs with slow and intense parts of it.
We begin this review of his songbook with the superhit of 'I´d Do Anything For Love (But I Won´t Do That)', from the sequel 'Bat Out of Hell II' from the year 93.
That 'power ballad' was composed by his most key partner the composer Jim Steinman
and sung with the emotion customary by the vocalist, giving all this very spot on with one of those songs that remain in the collective memory. Without any complex with its 12 minute duration, the song was quickly 'Number 1' in almost 30 countries, won a Grammy and brought Lee Aday back to the fore after years of less attention.
Of course, you have to remember his 'Paradise By the Dashboard Light' from 1977 of his most successful album, previously mentioned, 'Ball Out of Hell'. 45 years after its release, no less, this song accumulates 100 million listeners on Spotify. A crazy song with a lot of changes in its eight minutes and that meant an alliance again with Jim Steinman, the producer Todd Rundgren
, the singer Ellen Foley and even the baseball player Phil 'Scooter' Rizzuto in this ode to sex and love, and humor, in a kind of micro-musical in itself.