Meat Loaf’s iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is a rock release of epic proportions and one of the best-selling albums of all time.
It was arguably the biggest release for Meat Loaf – born Marvin Lee Aday and later going by Michael – whose death was announced on Friday morning.
The Grammy award winner died on Thursday night with his wife Deborah by his side, According to Deadline. A cause of death has not been announced.
Meat Loaf was known for his iconic Bat Out Of Hell trilogy, which became one of the best-selling albums in history.
The singer would eventually go on to land a Grammy in 1994 for his hit I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
Over the years, Meat Loaf also took on iconic roles, most notably Eddie in the Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and and Bob Paulson in Fight Club (1999), and was also an accomplished stage performer, starring in the original cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and on and off Broadway productions of Hair.
When was Meat Loaf’s album Bat Out Of Hell released?
The singer blessed our ears with Bat Out Of Hell in 1977 which was the debut album from the American rock singer and composer Jim Steinman, who worked together in a musical during the mid-70s, before Steinman plotted a musical, Neverland, which was a sci-fi update of Peter Pan.
Eventually morphing into Bat Out Of Hell, the album went on to spawn two Meat Loaf sequel albums: Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.
How many copies has Bat Out Of Hell sold?
At current count, this legendary album has reportedly gone on to sell 43 million copies and has been certified 14x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
It spent more than 500 weeks in the UK Albums Chart, while Rolling Stone ranked it at number 343 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Off the back of the huge success of the album – which also includes the songs You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth and Paradise By The Dashboard Light – a musical based on it, staged by Jay Scheib, opened at the Manchester Opera House in February 2017, before transferring to the London Coliseum and Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre later that year. In April 2018 it also began shows at the Dominion Theatre in London.
Meat Loaf’s collaborator Steinman died last year, with the singer writing in an emotional tribute at the time: ‘Coming here soon, my brother Jimmy. Fly Jimmy fly.’
Following Meat Loaf’s death, stars quickly flooded to post their tributes to the great singer, who was loved by all.
Stephen Fry shared: ‘I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf.
‘Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century.’
Piers Morgan wrote on his Twitter page: ‘RIP Meat Loaf, 74. One of rock music’s all-time great characters whose seminal iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the biggest-selling records in history.
‘A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news.’
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