Meat Loaf
Birth Date:
September 27, 1947
Birth Place:
Dallas, Texas, USA
5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Bat Out of Hell


“Rock-Icon is what other people make of you; I'm just a person who makes music.” Meat Loaf

Grammy Award winning rock star and actor Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, is well-associated with the “Bat out of Hell” album trilogy and known for his performances in such movies as 1992's “Wayne's World,” “The Mighty” (1998), “Everything Rises” (1998, TV), “Black Dog” (1998), “Crazy in Alabama” (1999), “The Fight Club” (1999), “Formula 51” (2001), “A Hole in One” (2004), “BloodRayne” (2006) and others. A former bouncer, the gifted Texan began his career in the L.A. Production of “Hair” before achieving star status with the release of the first “Bat Out of Hell” album in 1977. A highly successful partnership with songwriter Jim Steinman, the album rose to No. 1 in various countries and sold over 43,000,000 worldwide, a victory that made it one of the biggest selling albums in history. After the major breakthrough, however, Meat Loaf had to deal with setbacks. The subsequent albums “Dead Ringer” (1981), “Midnight at the Lost and Found” (1983), “Bad Attitude” (1984) and “Blind Before I Stop (1986)” were all duds, but he experienced a renaissance in 1993 thanks to the installment “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell.” Also a big hit around the globe, “Bat Out of Hell II” is notable for spawning the Grammy winning song “I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That),” which peaked at No. 1 in 28 countries. The last of the trilogy, “Bat out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose,” produced by Desmond Child, was released in 2006 after 1997's “Welcome to the Neighborhood” and 2003's “Couldn't Have Said It Better.”

Meat Loaf is divorced from Leslie G. Edmonds. He is now the fiancé of Deborah Gillespie. Meat Loaf is the father of television actress Amanda Aday and backup singer Pearl Aday.


Childhood and Family:

Marvin Lee Aday, who would later be famous as Meat Loaf, a nickname he got in Elementary School due to his big size, was born on September 27, 1947, in Dallas, Texas. The first child of Wilma Artie, a school teacher and gospel singer and Orvis Wesley Aday, a policeman, he experienced a rocky childhood because of his dad's dependency on alcohol. To avoid his abusive father, he frequently stayed with his grandmother. Marvin was educated at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas, Texas, and after graduation in 1965, he went to college at Lubbock Christian College. He later transferred to the University of North Texas (then known as North Texas State University). After the death of his mother (cancer) in 1967, Marvin relocated to Los Angeles where he once became a bouncer at a nightclub before getting his start in show business.

Marvin met Leslie G. Edmonds at the Bearsville studio and subsequently fell in love with her. The couple married on February 23, 1979. Daughter Amanda Aday was born a year later in 1980. She is now a TV actress. Marvin has a stepdaughter named Pearl Aday (born in 1976), from Leslie's previous marriage. She is a backup vocalist with his band.

In 2001, after having been together for 22 years, Marvin and Leslie divorced. Currently, he is engaged to Deborah Gillespie.

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Hailing from a family of gospel singers, Meat Loaf began singing as a child in his church choir in Texas. He left his hometown for Los Angeles in 1967 and founded the group Meat Loaf Soul/Popcorn Blizzard, which gained some fame as the opening act for bands such as Van Morrison's Them, The Who, The Stooges, and Ted Nugent. After releasing a single called “Once Upon a Time” with his group, Meat Loaf broke into acting with a lead role in the Los Angeles production of the musical “Hair.” After the performance, he was signed to Motown Records. Paired with Stoney Murphy, he released the album “Stoney & Meatloaf” in September 1971. The single “What You See Is What You Get” peaked at number 36 on the R&B charts and number 71 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. Meat Loaf and his partner embarked on tours to support their album, but Meat Loaf decided to leave Motown shortly after his and Stoney's vocals were replaced by other new artists on the song “Who Is the Leader of the People?”

Moving to New York in the late 1960s, Meat Loaf resumed his acting career by joining the cast of “Hair” on Broadway. He also appeared in “As You Like It,” with Raúl Juliá and Mary Beth Hurt, in Central Park for Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. He, however, did not meet songwriter and future collaborator Jim Steinman until he scored a role in “More Than You Deserve,” a 1973 musical penned by Steinman. He went on to appear in the play “The Rocky Horror Show,” in which he had the part of Eddie and Dr Scott, and lured by the success of the play, he was invited to reprise his notable role of motorcycle-riding Eddie in the 1975 big screen version of the same name. Directed by Jim Sharman and also starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, the cult classic marked his feature film acting debut.

Meat Loaf's big breakthrough arrived when he rejoined Jim Steinman and teamed up with producer Todd Rundgren for the 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell.” A worldwide hit, the album earned multi-platinum certification in such counties as the U.K., Germany, Austria, Canada and the United States, where it sold more than 14,000,000 copies and went on to become the third-best-selling album of all time. The single “Two Out of Three Ain't Bad” became a Top 11 hit and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” rose to the Top 40. “Bat Out of Hell” subsequently made the singer a star.

In 1980, Meat Loaf had a title role in the Alan Rudolph directed comedy/musical “Roadie,” and was set to record a follow-up album with Steinman. However, due to a hectic touring schedule in support of “Bat Out Of Hell,” he lost his voice and was unable to contribute to “Bad for Good” (1981), which went on to become Steinman's solo debut. Also in 1981, Meat Loaf released his own follow-up album, “Dead Ringer.” The album rose to No. 1 in the U.K., but failed to break the U.S. charts. The movie “Dead Ringer” (1981), helmed by Allan F. Nicholls and starring Meat Loaf himself, earned some positive reviews when it was shown at the Toronto Film Festival.

Meat Loaf continued to work separately from Steinman. He launched “Midnight at the Lost and Found” in 1983 and it only went gold in the U.K. He then recorded “Bad Attitude” (1984) in England. The album enjoyed minor success worldwide and only sold about 100,000 pieces in the U.K. “Blind Before I Stop,” in which Meat Loaf co-wrote three of 11 songs, was also considered a flop.

After a series of failures, Meat Loaf declared bankruptcy. He did not revisit the music industry until 1993 with the sequel “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell,” which reunited him with producer-songwriter and longtime partner Jim Steinman. Released sixteen years after the original, the record enjoyed the same success as its predecessor. It peaked at No. 1 in America, the U.K., Australia and Canada, where it went 9x Platinum. The first single, “I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That),” was a chart-topper in almost 30 countries and became the highest selling single of the year in Australia. The song went platinum in America and became Meat Loaf's first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It also brought the singer a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance-Solo. “Bat Out of Hell II” put Meat Loaf back in the limelight.

Without Steinman, Meat Loaf released “Welcome to the Neighborhood” in 1997. Produced by Ron Nevison, Sammy Hagar, Steven Van Zandt and Meat Loaf himself, the album was certified platinum in both the U.K. and the United States thanks in part to the hit singles “I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)” (#2 UK) and “Not a Dry Eye in the House” (#7 UK). “The Very Best of Meat Loaf” followed in 1998. It went gold in the United States and platinum in the United Kingdom.

By this time, Meat Loaf, who had small roles in the high-profile movies “Wayne's World” (1992) and “Leap of Faith” (both 1992) and a starring role in the Disney Channel movie “To Catch a Yeti” (1995), gained additional attention with his portrayals of Dennis Quaid's best friend in the TNT film “Everything Rises” (1998), the husband of Gillian Anderson in Peter Chelsom’s “The Mighty” (1998) and Red in the Patrick Swayze vehicle “Black Dog” (1998). He continued to appear in the Antonio Banderas-helmed “Crazy in Alabama” (1999) and David Fincher's “The Fight Club” (also 1999), alongside Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter.

In the new millennium, Meat Loaf stayed busy with roles in “Blacktop” (2000, TV), “Trapped” (2001, TV), “Rustin” (2001), “The Salton Sea” (2002), “Wishcraft” (2002) and “Learning Curves” (2003). He also offered a memorable turn as the Lizard in the Samuel L. Jackson comedy “Formula 51” (2001), starred as a small time mobster in “A Hole in One” (2004), opposite Michelle Williams, and had an unaccredited part in Liam Lynch's “Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny” (2006). He was then cast as Leonid in the big screen adaptation of the well-liked video game “BloodRayne” (2006) and portrayed Rick Zero in the horror film “Urban Decay” (2007), alongside Dean Cain. He appeared as Jake Feldman in a 2006 episode of “Masters of Horror.”

Maet Loaf launched “Couldn't Have Said It Better” in 2003, his first album of new material since 1997. Although it peaked at No. 4 and went gold in U.K., the album was considered a minor success around the world. Three singles produced from the album, “Did I Say That,” “Couldn't Have Said it Better” (featuring Patti Russo) and “Man Of Steel” (featuring Pearl Aday), all failed to chart in America and England.

Three years later, Meat Loaf released “Bat out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.” A No.3 hit in the U.K. and No.8 on Billboard's 200, the album received mixed reviews and went gold in the United States and Canada and platinum in the U.K. and Germany. The first single, “It's All Coming Back to Me Now,” (featuring Marion Raven) became a U.K. Top 6 hit. Commenting about the single, he said, “That was originally supposed to be on 'Bat Out Of Hell II.' I wanted it to be a duet and Jimmy said, 'Let's save it for Bat III.' So, we were saving it, but then it was given to Celine Dion and so I was bound and determined to do it on ‘Bat III’ because that's what it's purpose was, and I think we did a version that's different enough from Celine Dion's to warrant being on the record.”

Made without Steinman, “Bat out of Hell III” became the subject of a legal conflict between Meat Loaf and noted songwriter Celine Dion.

Recently, in 2008, Meat Loaf released the live album “3 Bats Live.” It was recorded in 2007 in London, Ontario, during his “Seize the Night” tour and principally features songs from the “Bat out of Hell” series. Other live albums he has released are 1987's “Live at Wembley,” 1996's “Live Around the World,” 1999's “VH1: Storytellers” and 2004's “Bat Out Of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.”


  • Grammy: Best Rock Vocal Performance-Solo, “I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That),” 1994

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