Lyricist Jim Steinman, who wrote the lyrics for Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” died Monday in Connecticut. He was 73 years old.
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The Connecticut chief medical examiner’s office confirmed Steinman’s death to several media outlets, but did not state the cause of death.
“Heavy hearts can confirm Jim’s death,” a statement posted on Steinman’s Facebook page said. “In the coming hours and days, there will be much more to say as we prepare to honor this giant human being and his glorious heritage. For now, do something that will make you feel young, happy and free. He would want that for you! ”
Steinman’s compositions cut across several genres of music, including rock ‘n’ roll, contemporary adult, dance, pop, musical theater and film scores, Variety reports.
According to a biography on Steinman’s website, the records he worked on have sold more than 190 million copies worldwide. He was nominated for four Grammys, winning awards of the year for his work on Dion’s 1996 work “Falling Into You,” Rolling Stone reported.
Yvonne Elliman recorded Steinman’s song “Happy Ending” in 1973, which became his first commercially released tune, according to Rolling Stone.
Steinman’s work was signed in 1977, when he debuted on Meat Loaf’s debut album, “Bat Out of Hell”, which sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, according to Rolling Stone. The album featured songs like “Paradise By Dashboard Light”, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”, “All Revved Up With No Place to Go” and the title track, which included a solo guitar that mimicked the sound of a motorcycle, Reports Entertainment Weekly.
According to that website, Steinman, who was born in New York City in 1947, also worked with Meat Loaf on the singer’s 1981 album “Dead Ringer”. He was also the composer and producer on his 1993 album “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” and wrote the lyrics for the singer’s 2016 album “Braver Than Us”.
Other songs composed by Steinman included “Read ‘Em and Weep” by Barry Manilow, “Making Love of Nothing at All” by Air Supply and Celine Dion’s “Everything Comes Back to Me Now,” Variety reported.
“There is no other singer-songwriter like him,” Meat Loaf said at Steinman’s entry into the 2012 Songwriter Hall of Fame. him that I will never be able to repay Mr. Jim Steinman. “
During the 1980s, Steinman collaborated with Barbra Streisand and the Sisters of Charity, Rolling Stone reported. He produced Tyler’s album “Faster Than the Speed of Light” and “Sweet Dreams and Forbidden Fire”. He also composed themed music for professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and wrote “Holding Out for a Hero” for the soundtrack to “Footloose”, according to Rolling Stone.
“My songs are anthems to those moments when you feel like you’re at the forefront of a burning match,” Steinman told Rolling Stone in 1978. “They’re anthems to the essence of rock & roll, a world that despises inactivity and loves passion and rebellion. They’re anthems. the way you feel listening to Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.” That’s what I love about anthems – anger, melody, and passion. “