Legendary rock singer and actor Meat Loaf died Thursday night at the age of 74, leaving behind one of the best-selling albums of all time: Bat Out Of Hell. The news was confirmed by his family this Friday on the star’s Facebook page.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” the message read. “His daughters Pearl and Amanda and their closest friends have been with him for the past 24 hours,” the statement added.
Meat Loaf sold 100 million albums worldwide. He has also appeared in movies like Fight Club (1999) as bodybuilder Robert Paulsen or unlucky delivery boy Eddie in Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), as well as Wayne’s World (1992).
Meat Loaf’s top 5 songs
Making a list of “the best” songs of an artist that just passed away is not an easy thing, however, we think of no better way to honor Meat Loaf’s legacy than through his music. These are the songs that come into mind immediately after someone mentions him.
Bat Out Of Hell
I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
Dead Ringer for Love
Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Hot Patootie Bless My Soul
Who was Meat Loaf?
Dedicated to the arts for six decades, the musician won a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for I’d Do Anything for Love. It was in this branch that Michael Lee Aday, his real name, achieved popular fame, since the Bat Out of Hell trilogy, his debut album released in 1977, is one of his most praised works and one of the best-selling in the history of the industry.
In his teens he played football before moving on to land roles on Broadway, such as the musical Hair and Rockabye Hamlet. He studied at North Texas State University, where he got his nickname thanks to one of his coaches and his father, who told him that at birth he looked as red as flesh.
Besides his prolific musical career, he made an impact on the film and television industry with small but memorable parts in big Hollywood productions.
Numerous celebrities have offered their condolences on social media, including Cher, with whom he worked with in 1981. Despite all of his accomplishments, Meat Loaf was never inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.