On this day in a year of which we will not reveal, Marvin Lee Aday - the man we know as Meat Loaf - was born, and with his unmatched contributions to the musical landscape over the course of his lengthy, storied career thus far, music hasn't been the same since!
Meat Loaf has been a towering monument in music since his legendary 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell transformed this former high school football player, nightclub bouncer and stage actor into one of the great American rock icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 43 million albums worldwide - still one of the biggest-selling records of all time.
His reputation as one of music's greatest artists was further underlined by such masterpieces as Dead Ringer (1981), Bad Attitude (1984) and the Bat Out Of Hell sequels Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993) and Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (2006). Other artists might have tried to match his scale and copy his sound, but no one has come close.
Now in 2010, more than 30 years after he exploded onto the world stage, Meat Loaf is back with a new record, Hang Cool Teddy Bear (a title taken from a line in the classic Russ Meyer trash movie “Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls”). From opener “Peace On Earth” to closer “Elvis In Vegas,” its 13 tracks drag the classic Meat Loaf sound kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
Join us in wishing Meat Loaf a happy birthday, and check out his latest video for the infectiously catchy "Los Angeloser" from Hang Cool Teddy Bear below.