By Jacob Dillon, Rock At Night Grand Rapids-MI
It is with regret that I write this, today we have lost an icon known to the rock and roll world as Meat Loaf. Born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27th of 1947, he passed at the age of 74. He was known for his wide vocal range and his Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums. He started his musical career in Los Angeles in 1968 with his band Meat Loaf Soul and had a stint in the musical HAIR which helped him land a contract with MOTOWN Records in 1971. It was here that he released the single “What You See Is What You Get” as the duo Stoney and Meatloaf, landing him at number 36 on the best-selling soul singles chart.
He joined the cast of Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1973 and performed on stage with the original cast until the movie came out in 1975. He was best known for playing Eddie the motorcycle riding ruffian in the film. During this time, he had begun working on Bat out of Hell, the first album in his trilogy. Bat out of Hell was released in 1977 and thus set Meat Loaf on his path to musical greatness. Bat out of Hell is one of the bestselling records of all time.
Throughout his career Meat Loaf stayed busy both in the musical studio and on stage having been in multiple musicals and films while also performing live stage shows with his band. He was a treasure to the musical world and the world of Broadway. He was known for his charismatic performances and outgoing personality.
Meat Loaf passed on January 20th with is wife by his side. He will be missed by all.