Meat Loaf Biography

Meat LoafClaim to Fame: Singer
Date of Birth: September 27, 1947
Diabetes Type: 2

Meat Loaf was born Michael Lee Aday on September 27, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. He was raised by a family of gospel singers, which likely contributed to the inspiration behind the successful music career he would eventually develop.

In 1967, Meat Loaf moved to Los Angeles to pursue a performing career. He formed his own band, which definitely gained quite a bit of momentum, opening for bands such as the Who. However, this wasn't his only talent — Meat Loaf also had an aptitude for acting. He made appearances in a wide variety of musicals and films, but many consider his most memorable role to be his appearance as Eddie in the 1975 film adaptation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Despite his success in the theater business, 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 storyline, 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.

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Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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