You take the words out of my mouth

The Rock ‘n’ Roll world mourns Marvin Lee Aday, “Meat Loaf,” today.

He passed away last night, surrounded by his family and friends, at the age of 74.

Here is the official statement from the family:

Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends.

His incredible career has spanned 6 decades which has seen him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 films including ‘Fight Club’, ‘Focus’, ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and ‘Wayne’s World”.

“Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 best-selling albums of all time.

We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support we are going through this time of grieving losing such an inspiring artist and a beautiful man.

We appreciate your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.

From her heart to your souls… never stop swinging!”

RIP meatloaf.

Thanks for the music, sir.

Meat Loaf, from the back of his 1981 album “Dead Ringer”. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Meat Loaf, from the back of his 1981 album “Dead Ringer”. (Photo by Craig Allen)

“On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?

A bit overkill, no?

But that’s still the case with Meat Loaf and songwriter Jim Steinman.

Help yourself to the meatloaf…on New Jersey 101.5! (Photo by Craig Allen).

Help yourself to meatloaf…in New Jersey 101.5. (Photo by Craig Allen)

“You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” was the lead single from “Bat Out Of Hell”.

“Bat” was Meat Loaf’s third album…the first two didn’t…wings. Nobody noticed.

“The Bread” and his friends! (Photo by Craig Allen).

Meet “The Loaf” and his friends. (Photo by Craig Allen)

What’s funny is that…while listening and purchase of music the public clung to the album…at first it sounded like “You took the words out of my mouth” fiasco.

The single hit the airwaves and store shelves in January 1978… and…crickets. Nothing.

It took the next two bachelors to… save the first one.

“Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” would hit #11 on the pop charts in mid-1978.

“Paradise By The Dashboard Light” – with New Jersey’s Phil Rizzuto as the baseball announcer – rose to #39 in late fall 1978.

THEN…”You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” has been re-released…this time moving up the Hot 100 chart…just cracking the “Top-40”, landing at #39 in January 1979…15 month after the album hit record store shelves.

While the charts at the time weren’t too kind…the song is a radio staple…one of New Jersey’s “Greatest Hits” ever since.

Like “Paradise,” our featured song is the story of…young lust…with a more satisfying ending for our “storyteller.”

Set “on a hot summer night” on the beach, the singer finds himself so… fascinated… that he can’t even say “I love you” because he is overwhelmed with desire.

As mentioned earlier, the album version of this Favorite jersey is 5:04… the “radio edit” is 3:48.

The spoken intro is NOT Meat Loaf.

It’s the voice of the songwriter: Jim Steinman.

The wife is Marcia McClain. She is the actress who played Dee Stewart in the soap opera “As The World Turns”.

Steinman wrote the dialogue for his show “Neverland”, which was performed 5 months before the release of the album “Bat Out Of Hell”.

This isn’t the only album/show crossover:

Three Steinman songs written for the show were incorporated into the Meat Loaf album: “Bat Out Of Hell”, “Heaven Can Wait”, and “All Revved Up With No Place To Go”.

Some “Fun Facts” about the artists:

Meat Loaf is from Dallas… Marvin Lee Aday is the name on his birth certificate.

“The Loaf” often makes up stories about how he got his stage name…

My favorite is: A friend from school saw him do something…stupid…and said something like, “You’re so stupid your head must be stuffed with meatloaf.”

Another source indicates that the nickname likely came from his high school football coach. To that, I say, “Good call.”

Meat Loaf comes from a rather “large” family. He would have weighed 200 pounds in 7th grade. His father weighed 350 pounds.

Would you believe it…Meat Loaf is now a vegetarian. He changed his diet in the 1980s for health reasons.

A first group was called Meatloaf soul. Sometimes they were called Popcorn blizzard. Whatever name they used, they opened for acts such as WHO and Ted Nugent.

Meat Loaf sings on Nugent’s 1976 album “Free For All”.

Bat Out Of Hell II, 1993. (Craig Allen photo).

Bat Out Of Hell II, 1993. (Craig Allen photo)

Meat Loaf met the man who would write and arrange the songs for “Bat Out Of Hell” and “Bat Out Of Hell II,” when he auditioned for Jim Steinman’s play “More Than You Deserve.”

By the way… Jim Steinman (from New York) would direct his own album and mark his own hit in 1981… when “Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through” climbed to 32nd place on the pop charts.

(REMARK: Jim Steinman died last year, April 19, 2021)

Not to be outdone:

Radio-Only promotional copy of my collection! (Photo by Craig Allen).

“Maxi Single” from my collection! (Photo by Craig Allen).

As you can see above, Meat Loaf included his own version of “Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through” on Bat Out Of Hell II.

He climbed to 13th place in 1994.

Want more meatloaf? Let’s put ourselves at the service of another talent: that of acting.

He was in the original production of “Hair”. However, he skipped a scene… “You got an extra $12.50 for being in the nudity scene, and I didn’t need the extra $12.50.”

Meat Loaf starred as “Eddie” in the Los Angeles production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“It’s just a jump to the left!” (Photo by Craig Allen).

“It’s just a jump to the left.” (Photo by Craig Allen).

He played the same role in the movie! (I’m going to “toast” to that!).

He was in a few movies in the 1980s and 90s…keep your eyes on the late-night TV.

Some final “fun facts:”

A study conducted at the University of Sussex in England reveals that the music of Meat Loaf is… “an excellent stimulant for the growth of plants”. In other words, your plants (will) to like Meatloaf.

The artist says he has a sentimental side: “I cry in the blink of an eye” he admits.

Meat Loaf adds that his most prized possession is his collection of rubber ducks…saying: “I have a hundred”…including one (Derek) “A Jeter, a Frank-N-Furter. They are placed on my suitcase at each concert.

It just… took the words out of my mouth.

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