Meat Loaf (initially: Marvin Lee Aday) was born September 27, 1947, in Dallas, Texas.
His dad was a well known drinker, also it was not unusual that his binges left Wilma putting her son in the care of her mom.
These distressed stretches, however, did little to dampen Meat Loaf’s dream. After high school he eventually enrolled at North Texas State University (now known as the University of North Texas).
Blowing off his draft notice (he had deliberately gained 60 pounds in a unsuccessful attempt to neglect his physical), Meat Loaf left Texas and school in 1967 to get a fresh life in La. There, he found work as a bouncer and began his first group, Meat Loaf Soul.
After several lineup changes and name alterations, the group split up. Greater success was discovered in the theatre, where Meat Loaf got a part in a brand new stage musical called Hair. His run together with the production finally led him to Broadway and earned the young performer some significant name recognition.
From that point, Meat Loaf successfully auditioned for the parts of Eddie and Dr. Scott in the stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 1975 Meat Loaf followed the show to the big screen and co starred with Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Barry Bostwick. Surprising everyone, the movie became a giant success and also would continue to gross more than $112 million in ticket sales during the following three-plus decades.
The record has since gone to sell more than 34 million copies worldwide and made Meat Loaf a multi-platinum star.
But with success came drawbacks. A rift developed between Meat Loaf and Steinman, using the writer expressing his frustration over his insufficient credit for the record’s success. Subsequently in a show in Ottawa, Canada, Meat Loaf broke his leg, doing following shows in a wheelchair. Steinman went his own manner and recorded his own record, Bad for Good(1981).
The compounding scenarios propelled Meat Loaf right into a nasty drug habit. Meat Loaf’s second record, Dead Ringer (1981), proved to be a disappointment, further adding to his troubles. Confronting suits, including one filed by Steinman, and poor cash management, Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy in 1983.
Nevertheless, the hardworking singer continued to tour.
In 1993 Meat Loaf turned things around with Bat Out of Hell II, a giant hit that has been the product of a renewed partnership with Jim Steinman. Anchored by the most popular single “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Will Not Do That),” the record went on to sell more than 15 million copies.
More tours and more records followed, including Bat Out of Hell III (2006). Additionally, Meat Loaf again revealed his abilities as an actor, with appearances in Wayne’s World (1992) and Fight Club (1999).
In 2003 Meat Loaf endured a health scare when he collapsed onstage in London. Doctors later diagnosed him with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes an irregular pulse.
Meat Loaf formed a complete recovery.