With Meat Loaf the voice and presence and Steinman the creative mastermind, the pair would become one of rock music’s most powerful partnerships through the ‘70s and beyond.
Steinman, who passed away Tuesday (April 20), aged 73, was composer on Meat Loaf’s rock-opera juggernaut Bat Out Of Hell, which yielded the classics “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth,” “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and is now diamond certified in the United States.
After a slow lift off, Bat Out Of Hell is recognized as one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.
The duo returned to the well for 1993’s Bat Out of Hell II, Back Into Hell, and its enduring hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”
Texas rocker Loaf paid tribute to Steinman with a photo collage of their golden years, and a nod to the winged mammal in that most famous 1970s album.
“Coming here soon, My brother Jimmy,” writes Loaf. “Fly Jimmy Fly.”
Steinman won a Grammy for his production on Celine Dion’s 1996 release Falling Into You, received the BMI Song Of The Year award for Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2012.
According to multiple published reports, Steinman died from kidney failure.