Michael Lee Aday was born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947, in Dallas, Texas. He got the nickname “Meatloaf” as he gained weight playing defensive tackle for Thomas Jefferson High School.
Meatloaf was the son of a school teacher who raised him on her own after divorcing his alcoholic father, a police officer. He cited Mick Jagger and Ethel Merman as early favorites as he started singing and acting in high school.
One of his most notable memories was seeing John F. Kennedy arrive at Love Field in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, then learning the president had been assassinated and driving to Parkland Hospital and watching a bloodied Jackie Kennedy step out of a car.
Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did “Dead Ringer”. Am Very Sorry For His Family, Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day!?Cher
He was still a teenager when his mother died, and after college, at Lubbock Christian College, he moved to Los Angeles. He started a band called Meat Loaf Soul, recorded briefly for Motown, and was opening for such acts as The Who and the Grateful Dead and appearing in the Broadway production of “Hair.” In the mid-70s he played Eddie in the theater and film versions of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and had served as an understudy for his friend John Belushi for the stage production of National Lampoon
Such a kind soul. Our loss, heaven’s gain. Rest in peace, my friend.Reba McEntire
His first single was with Shaun “Stoney” Murphy and called “What You See Is What You Get” and reached number 36 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart. To support the Album “Stoney & Meatloaf” they toured with Jake Wade and the Soul Searchers, opening for Richie Havens, the Who, the Stooges, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, and Rare Earth. In 1972 he met Meat Loaf met his future collaborator Jim Steinman (died April 2021 at age 73). 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 the theater and concentrate exclusively on music.
You were a sweetheart of a guy.Lenny Kravitz
Meat Loaf convinced Epic Records to shoot videos for four songs, “Bat Out of Hell”, “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth”, and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”. 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.
What a voice. What a bigger than life presence. Love ya meat.Jon Bon Jovi
After performing the “Bat Out of Hell” songs for Todd Rundgren he decided to produce the album. Todd and the other members of Utopia played on the album. In 1977, Cleveland International Records (a subsidiary of Epic Records) released the “Bat Out of Hell” album. Meat Loaf and Steinman formed the band The Neverland Express to tour for the LP. Their first show was opening for Cheap Trick in Chicago.
I remember pulling up at the theater and it says, ‘TONIGHT: CHEAP TRICK, WITH MEAT LOAF.’ And I said to myself, ‘These people think we’re serving dinner’. And we walk out on stage and these people were such Cheap Trick fans they booed us from the start. They were getting up and giving us the finger. The first six rows stood up and screamed… When we finished, most of the boos had stopped and we were almost getting applause.Meat Loaf [from 2013 syndicated radio show “In the Studio”]
They performed on Saturday Night Live on March 25, 1978, and in 1978, the singer jumped off a stage in Ottawa, Ontario, breaking his leg. He finished his tour performing in a wheelchair. Becoming one of the best-selling records of all time “Bat Out of Hell” has sold over 43 million copies, despite only reaching number 9 on the Billboard Album chart.
A gentle hearted powerhouse rock star forever and ever. You were so kind. Your music will always be iconicAdam Lambert
Meat Loaf singles were “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth”, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” (reached number 11), “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, “Bat Out of Hell”, and “All Revved Up with No Place to Go” all from the Bat Out of Hell album.
The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rockAndrew Lloyd Weber
Other singles were “Dead Ringer for Love” (with Cher), “Read ‘Em and Weep”, “Modern Girl”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Mercenaries” (with John Parr), “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” which reached number 1, “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through”, “Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are”, “I’d Lie for You (And That’s The Truth)” (with Patti Russo) and “Not a Dry Eye in the House”.
His amazing career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including ‘Fight Club,’ ‘Focus,’ ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and ‘Wayne’s World.Michael Greene (Meat Loaf Agent)
Meat Loaf released 12 studio albums, 6 live albums, and 9 music videos. He was 62 credits for songs on soundtracks in IMDB. He has acted in many movies and TV shows like Roadie (1980), The Equalizer (1985), The Squeeze (1987), Wayne’s World (1992), Tales From The Crypt (1992), To Catch A Yeti (1995), Nash Bridges (1997), Spice World (1997),
South Park (1998), Fight Club (1999), The Outer Limits (2000), Monk (2009), Glee (2010), Elementary (2017), and 7 episodes of Ghost Wars (2017-2018).
Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.a representative for Meat Loaf confirmed to Fox News
Meat Loaf died Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee, January 20, 2022, at the age of 74. The album, “Bat Out of Hell” stayed on the charts for over nine years and more than four decades after its release still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually, making it one of the best-selling albums in history.
Meat Loaf was one of the greatest voices in rock & roll, and he was certainly one of my closest friends in the business. Working with Meat Loaf was one of the main reasons I wanted to do the movie Roadie in the first place — I wanted to watch him show off his acting chops. He plays the ultimate roadie on this quest to be the best in the world. But that’s what he did in life too — he always wanted to be the best at what he was doing, and I think he succeeded. There was nobody, and I mean nobody, like Meat Loaf. His shoes can never be filled.Alice Cooper