Meatloaf, rock singer with dramatic flair, dies


For millions of rock fans, there has been no American rock music as they have known it without Meatloaf. The singer’s career spanned five decades and found him sharing his talents on theater stages, the big screen, and in his own rock shows. According to TMZ the singer died of COVID-19. Meatloaf was 74.

Media outlets remember: Meatloaf

Early Friday morning, on “CBS This Morning,” Gayle King recalled an interview she did with the late singer and added, “Rest in peace, Meatloaf.” Other outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, TMZ, and the Daily Beast were all offering condolences and remembrances of the singer.

Meatloaf: a life of mystery

The singer’s first name is often given as “Michael,” but that is the result of a name change. Allegedly, the singer changed his name to Michael, after being named “Marvin” originally. According to a New York Times article, Meatloaf petitioned a judge to allow a name change because of a popular blue jean ad that referred to “Marvin” being too fat for jeans.

But it was not only his name that Meatloaf shrouded in mystery. He allegedly was not forthright about his age, either. Still, it seems as though Meatloaf was 74 when he passed away.

What is known for sure is the indelible mark that Meatloaf had on popular music. His hits throughout the 1970s to the 1990s and behind kept him on radio playlists and in fans’ hearts. Songs like “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise By the Dashboard Lights,” and “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” gave audiences memorable lines to sing along with – – either at karaoke or in their cars or homes.

Michael Lee Aday called himself “Meatloaf” after a nickname from his infancy. According to the New York Times, his father called him that when he was brought home from the hospital as a newborn.

Meatloaf sold 100 million albums worldwide.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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