Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, but who later changed his name to Michael, has died at the age of 74. No cause of death was announced. Although best known for his record-breaking best selling album Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf was also an accomplished actor. He appeared on Broadway, had notable roles in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Black Dog and Fight Club.
Meat Loaf’s musical career started right after high school when his bands opened for acts such as Van Morrison, Janis Joplin and The Who. For the next 50 plus years, Meat Loaf did what he loved best – entertaining. He alternated between touring, putting out new music and acting.
In a time when disco was king, Bat Out of Hell became an international best seller. It was an album that everyone knew about and most owned. It was odd that this guy who appeared in The Rocky Horror Picture Show could sing. And, boy, could he sing! It was always a pleasure to see Meat Loaf pop up in television and film roles. One of my favorites is The Salton Sea with Val Kilmer.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Lee Aday’s family, friends and fans.