Jim Steinman, the composer, lyricist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who wrote all the songs on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Again Into Hell, has died, TMZ and Rolling Stone report. A reason behind dying has not been revealed. Steinman was 73 years previous.
Jim Steinman was born in New York in 1947. He grew up on Lengthy Island, graduating from George W. Hewlett Excessive Faculty in 1965 earlier than attending Amherst Faculty and graduating in ’69. As a senior at Amherst, Steinman created and starred within the musical theater manufacturing The Dream Engine, which he’s stated to have referred to as “a three-hour rock epic with tons of nudity.”
Among the many viewers of The Dream Engine was Joseph Papp, founding father of the Public Theater, who labored with Steinman to adapt the musical right into a present referred to as Neverland, which ultimately premiered in 1977. By way of his reference to the Public Theater, Steinman got here to work with Meat Loaf, who appeared within the 1973 manufacturing of Steinman’s Extra Than You Deserve.
In 1975, Steinman left the theater world to concentrate on making music with Meat Loaf. Two years later, their collaboration was realized in spectacular style with Meat Loaf’s debut Bat Out of Hell, which might turn out to be one of many best-selling albums of all time. Steinman and Meat Loaf spent years aside earlier than reconvening for 1993’s hit sequel Bat Out of Hell II: Again Into Hell, that includes Meat Loaf’s most iconic tune “I’d Do Something for Love (However I Gained’t Do That).” Lou Reed is purported to have referred to as the album “the way forward for the place rock must be heading.”
Past his work with Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman penned hits for Bonnie Tyler (“Complete Eclipse of the Coronary heart”), Céline Dion (“It’s All Coming Again to Me Now”), the Sisters of Mercy (“Extra”), and others. He additionally launched the solo album Unhealthy for Good in 1981.
Steinman was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards, sharing within the 1997 Grammy Award for Album of the 12 months for his work on Céline Dion’s Falling Into You. He was inducted into the Songwriters Corridor of Fame in 2012 and the Lengthy Island Music Corridor of Fame in 2016.
One of many ultimate achievements of Jim Steinman’s lifetime was turning Bat Out of Hell right into a stage present. Bat Out of Hell: The Musical premiered in Manchester, England in February 2017 and ran at a number of places over the subsequent couple of years. “This was meant to be a musical,” Meat Loaf informed The New York Times. “I made it a rock present. Jimmy turned it round and made a musical. That’s what he wished it to be.”