5 Things To Know About The Legendary Rocker Who Passed Away At The Age Of 74.
Meat Loaf has a remarkable six-decade career. He earned a Grammy, acted opposite Brad Pitt on Broadway, and won a Grammy. Here’s where you can learn more about the legend.
The world of rock music has lost a legend. Meat Loaf died at the age of 74 on Thursday, January 20. His family posted on Facebook, «Our hearts are shattered to learn that the wonderful Meat Loaf passed away tonight.»
«We understand how much he meant to so many of you, and we are grateful for all of your love and support as we grieve the loss of such an incredible artist and lovely man.» Don’t ever stop rocking!» says his heart to your souls.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Meat Loaf dominated the music industry with his powerful voice and dramatic live productions. With his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, he topped the charts, took some time off to focus on his wife Leslie and daughters Pearl and Amanda, and then returned with a vengeance with Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell in 1993. In 2007, he divorced Leslie and married Deborah Gillespie for the second time. Find out more about the icon in the sections below.
1. What’s the Story Behind Meat Loaf’s Nickname?
Marvin Lee Aday, the actor, was born in Dallas, Texas on September 27, 1947. Although there are a few different stories about how Marvin got his moniker, he told Oprah Winfrey in 2016 that it came from his father.
«I got it when I was four days old,» he revealed, «not the ‘Loaf’ portion, just the ‘Meat.'» «Because I was born bright red, the doctor advised that I be admitted to the hospital for a few days.» His father subsequently requested that the hospital crib be labeled «Meat» since he «looks like nine-and-a-half pounds of ground chuck.
» When he was a teenager, he trod on his football coach’s foot, earning him the second half of his nickname. «Get off my foot, you lump of meatloaf!» he yelled, according to Marvin.
2. Meat Loaf has one of the all-time best-selling albums
Bat Out of Hell, by Meat Loaf, is one of the best-selling albums of all time, alongside The Eagles’ Greatest Hits, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Over 43 million copies have been sold worldwide. That’s quite an achievement!
3. ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Featured Meat Loaf
Marvin was also a talented actor who appeared in over 50 films, television shows, and theater productions over his career. He starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975. Another A-list project was playing Bob Paulson in Fight Club with Brad Pitt and Ed Norton in 1999. He has appeared in Wayne’s World, Glee, South Park, and a number of Broadway shows, including a revival of the musical Hair.
4. He once turned Boy George on his head’
R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood.
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) January 21, 2022
Meat Loaf was well-known for his raucous demeanor and fondness for making jokes on his buddies. Following the news of Meat Loaf’s passing, Boy George, a British pop icon, rushed to Twitter to offer a funny anecdote demonstrating the rocker’s rowdy sense of humor. «R.I.P. Meatloaf,» says the narrator. All of his family and close friends are in my thoughts and prayers. In a Chinese restaurant in St Johns Wood, he once turned me inside out.»
5. At the age of 47, Meat Loaf won a Grammy
Meat Loaf won his only Grammy for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for his ballad «I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)» from his Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell album in 1994, at the age of 47. He went on to accept the Brit Award for Best Selling Single of the Year for the same tune.