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2021-04-20 20:56:26 UTC
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Jim Steinman, 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' and 'Bat Out of Hell'
songwriter, dies at 73

By Tyler Aquilina
April 20, 2021 at 04:00 PM EDT

Jim Steinman, the songwriter and music producer who penned Bonnie
Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Meat Loaf's breakthrough album
Bat Out of Hell, died Monday in Connecticut. He was 73.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut confirmed
Steinman's death to EW. A cause of death was not available.

Steinman was known for his operatic pop-rock compositions and lyrics,
never in fuller display than on Bat Out of Hell, for which he had sole
songwriting credit. The album drew on the music of The Who, Phil
Spector, and Bruce Springsteen to produce a bombastic vision of teenage
angst, with songs like "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "All Revved
Up With No Place to Go," and the nearly 10-minute title track, which
includes a famous guitar solo imitating the sound of a motorcycle.

"My songs are anthems to those moments when you feel like you're on the
head of a match that's burning," Steinman told Rolling Stone in 1978.
"They're anthems to the essence of rock & roll, to a world that
despises inaction and loves passion and rebellion. They're anthems to
the kind of feeling you get listening to 'Be My Baby' by the Ronettes.
That's what I love about anthems — the fury, the melody, and the
passion."

Born in New York in 1947, Steinman got his start writing stage
musicals, which contained many forerunners of his later pop songs. He
first met Meat Loaf in the early 1970s, at auditions for a Public
Theater production of his musical More Than You Deserve. The two began
to collaborate on songs that soon grew into the Bat Out of Hell album,
which became an unexpected commercial success in the wake of its 1977
release. It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, with
more than 50 million copies sold worldwide.

The album was "timeless in that it didn't fit into any trend," Steinman
later reflected. "It's never been a part of what's going on. You could
release that record at any time and it would be out of place."

The songwriter's relationship with Meat Loaf would soon grow strained,
however, though they continued to collaborate intermittently over the
next four decades. In 1993, the duo reunited for the sequel album Bat
Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which yielded the no. 1 hit "I'd Do
Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." Steinman was not involved in
2006's Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, but later penned all
of the songs for Meat Loaf's 2016 album Braver Than We Are.

Outside of his collaborations with Meat Loaf, Steinman wrote and
produced such hits as Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All,"
Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," and "Total Eclipse of
the Heart," which ranks among the best-selling singles of all time.
(Steinman also produced Tyler's 1983 album Faster Than the Speed of
Night.)

"There is no other songwriter ever like him," Meat Loaf said at
Steinman's 2012 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "I can
never repay him. He has been such an influence, in fact, the biggest
influence on my life, and I learned so much from him that there would
be no way I could ever repay Mr. Jim Steinman."

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J.D. Baldwin
2021-04-21 11:55:41 UTC
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Jim Steinman, 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' and 'Bat Out of Hell'
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Thank you, Mr. Steinman, for your service.

Teen pregnancies prevented by every cheezy ad and government / school
program ever deployed: maybe a few dozen.

Teen pregnancies prevented by "Paradise by the Dashboard Light":
many, many thousands.
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Terry del Fuego
2021-04-21 13:18:22 UTC
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many, many thousands.
I think there's a feature film to be built around the story of a guy
who cures every disease, brings real peace to the Middle East, ends
world hunger and finds every orphan a loving home but still winds up
roasting forever because he can never, ever be forgiven for inserting
the line "Turn around, bright eyes" into a once-inescapable song.
Will Dockery
2021-04-24 17:32:08 UTC
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Jim Steinman, 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' and 'Bat Out of Hell'
songwriter, dies at 73
By Tyler Aquilina
April 20, 2021 at 04:00 PM EDT
Jim Steinman, the songwriter and music producer who penned Bonnie
Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Meat Loaf's breakthrough album
Bat Out of Hell, died Monday in Connecticut. He was 73.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut confirmed
Steinman's death to EW. A cause of death was not available.
Steinman was known for his operatic pop-rock compositions and lyrics,
never in fuller display than on Bat Out of Hell, for which he had sole
songwriting credit. The album drew on the music of The Who, Phil
Spector, and Bruce Springsteen to produce a bombastic vision of teenage
angst, with songs like "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "All Revved
Up With No Place to Go," and the nearly 10-minute title track, which
includes a famous guitar solo imitating the sound of a motorcycle.
"My songs are anthems to those moments when you feel like you're on the
head of a match that's burning," Steinman told Rolling Stone in 1978.
"They're anthems to the essence of rock & roll, to a world that
despises inaction and loves passion and rebellion. They're anthems to
the kind of feeling you get listening to 'Be My Baby' by the Ronettes.
That's what I love about anthems — the fury, the melody, and the
passion."
Born in New York in 1947, Steinman got his start writing stage
musicals, which contained many forerunners of his later pop songs. He
first met Meat Loaf in the early 1970s, at auditions for a Public
Theater production of his musical More Than You Deserve. The two began
to collaborate on songs that soon grew into the Bat Out of Hell album,
which became an unexpected commercial success in the wake of its 1977
release. It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, with
more than 50 million copies sold worldwide.
The album was "timeless in that it didn't fit into any trend," Steinman
later reflected. "It's never been a part of what's going on. You could
release that record at any time and it would be out of place."
The songwriter's relationship with Meat Loaf would soon grow strained,
however, though they continued to collaborate intermittently over the
next four decades. In 1993, the duo reunited for the sequel album Bat
Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which yielded the no. 1 hit "I'd Do
Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." Steinman was not involved in
2006's Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, but later penned all
of the songs for Meat Loaf's 2016 album Braver Than We Are.
Outside of his collaborations with Meat Loaf, Steinman wrote and
produced such hits as Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All,"
Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," and "Total Eclipse of
the Heart," which ranks among the best-selling singles of all time.
(Steinman also produced Tyler's 1983 album Faster Than the Speed of
Night.)
"There is no other songwriter ever like him," Meat Loaf said at
Steinman's 2012 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "I can
never repay him. He has been such an influence, in fact, the biggest
influence on my life, and I learned so much from him that there would
be no way I could ever repay Mr. Jim Steinman."
https://ew.com/music/songwriter-jim-steinman-dies/
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Diner
2021-04-24 17:43:08 UTC
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I'm a better songwriter than he ever was. Check out my poetry on alt.arts.poetry.comments
I would do anything for love. But I won't do that.

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