The past few weeks have been a culling of well-loved celebs. At the too-young age of 74, Meat Loaf passed away. He was in a ton of movies and wrote epic-level, theatric songs & albums.
Born Marvin Lee Aday, the rock musician’s career spanned six decades across the music and film industries. He was beloved by fans and soared to unlikely rock stardom with theatrical, dark-hearted anthems and an iconic long-haired look.NBC News
His best-known album, Bat Out of Hell, is one of the biggest-selling albums in US history. Talk about staying power. That album came out in 1977 and can basically be the textbook definition of a ballad.
Even more interesting was this Deadspin article by Jen Carlson wherein she reveals Meat Loaf was her softball coach in 1991.
His name was Marvin Lee Aday, but he was better known to the world as Meat Loaf. To the scrappy group of girls he was trying to mold into softball players, he was Coach Meat.Jen Carlson
I loved his film work, from his appearances in Rocky Horror and Wayne’s World to kicking ass in Fight Club. Meat Loaf was someone who forged his own path and found his own way to remain relevant throughout the decades.