Legendary songwriter Jim Steinman, best known for writing Meat Loaf‘s 1977 masterpiece, the 14-times-platinum Bat Out Of Hell, died on April 19th at age 73 in Connecticut, reportedly of kidney failure, according to Billboard. Steinman, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, will forever be remembered the instant Meat Loaf classics “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” “You Took the Words Right Out Of My Mouth” and Meat’s sole chart-topper 1993’s “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” from the 1993 Steinman-penned and produced Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell.
Meat Loaf paid tribute to his longtime collaborator on social media, posting photos of the two through the years and writing, simply: “Coming here soon, My brother Jimmy. Fly Jimmy Fly.”
In addition to his work with Meat Loaf, Steinman wrote such major chart hits as Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 Number One, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” as well as co-writing her 1984 “Holding Out For A Hero” track from 1984’s Footloose soundtrack. Among the rock heavyweights that Steimnan enlisted for the “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” backing track were guitarist Rick Derringer, and the E Street Band‘s pianist Roy Bittan anddrummer Max Weinberg — both of whom first worked with Steinman on 1977’s Bat Out Of Hell.
Steinman also wrote Air Supply‘s 1983 Top Two smash, “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All,” and Celine Dion‘s 1996 hit “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” which also peaked at Number Two.
- Meat Loaf‘s Bat Out Of Hell has sold over 14 million copies since its 1977 release and still sells around 200,000 copies annually.
- Although a mainstay on radio since its release, the Bat Out Of Hell album only got as far as Number 14, with none of its singles hitting the Top 10 — “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11), “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” (#39), and “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” (#39).
- 1993’s Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell sold over five million copies, with the album’s single “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” topping the charts in 28 countries — including five weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100.
- The track earned Meat Loaf the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo.
CHECK IT OUT: Meat Loaf’s 1978 video for “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)”: