He sang the hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” and played Eddie in the cult film “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. In 1967 he left Texas to start a new life in Los Angeles. There he formed his first band, performing under various names such as Popcorn Blizzard, Floating Circus and Meat Loaf Soul. After several line-up changes, the band eventually broke up. Meat Loaf had greater success at the theater, where he got a role in the musical “Hair”. This role eventually led him to Broadway. From there, Meat Loaf successfully auditioned for the stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Shortly thereafter he began recording his famous album Bat Out of Hell. To date, the album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
In 1993, the album “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” was released. The album’s lead single, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” marked the peak of Meat Loaf’s career. The single reached №1 in many countries. More tours and albums followed.
Meat Loaf also showed his talent as an actor again, with appearances in ‘Wayne’s World’ (1992) and ‘Fight Club’ (1999, pictured) starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. His career spanned six decades, during which Meat Loaf sold over 100 million albums worldwide and starred in over 65 films. “Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top ten best-selling albums of all time. He died on January 20, 2022 at the age of 74.