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
Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947, in Dallas, Texas. The son of Orvis Aday, a police officer, and his wife, Wilma, Meat Loaf he’s never been clear as to how he got the nickname had a difficult childhood. His father was a well-known drinker, and it wasn’t uncommon that his binges left Wilma placing her son in the care of her mother.
After several lineup changes and name alterations, the band split up. Greater success was found in the theater, where Meat Loaf landed a part in a new stage musical called Hair. His run with the production eventually led him to Broadway and earned the young performer some important name recognition.
From there, Meat Loaf successfully auditioned for the roles of Eddie and Dr. Scott in the stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 1975 Meat Loaf followed the show to the big screen and co-starred with Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Barry Bostwick. Surprising everyone, the film became a giant success and would go on to gross more than $112 million in ticket sales over the next three-plus decades.
Meat Loaf returned to focusing on his music career when producer Todd Rundgren helped him produce the legendary 1977 rock album Bat Out of Hell. The release of this album caused his fame to absolutely skyrocket. Three long-time Top 40 singles came from it as well: Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad, and You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth. Selling over 35 million copies worldwide, Bat Out of Hell proved to be one of the best-selling albums of the entire decade.
Unfortunately, the tour promoting this iconic album took a major toll on Meat Loaf’s voice. The constant performing was incredibly strenuous, and therefore, he was forced to leave the stage for awhile. He ended up staying relatively quiet throughout the 80’s, doing several records which paled in comparison to Bat Out of Hell. Upon the arrival of the mid-80’s, Meat Loaf began struggling to regain the previous success of his music career, but his efforts came to no avail. Finally, towards the end of the decade, he declared bankruptcy. However, this certainly wasn’t the end of Meat Loaf’s music production; he began rehabilitation to restore his exhausted, ravaged voice, and even began performing in concerts again.
In 1993, Meat Loaf returned to the music production scene with a bang. Bat Out of Hell II Back Into Hell was released, and it was received with a deluge of positive feedback. The thunderous vocals, intriguing story-line, and incredible overall composition of its songs proved to be almost as successful as the original classic album. It sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, and reached number one in both the US and UK.
Meat Loaf continues to produce music even today. He remains completely dedicated to his singing career, despite his various health problems, including battling type 2 diabetes. He was diagnosed several years ago, but, nevertheless, persists in entertaining audiences worldwide with his incredible music. Meat Loaf currently resides at his home in Connecticut with his two daughters