Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This week, Texas music scholar Gary Hartman honors a performer whose name you might find in your local restaurant.
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Marvin Lee Aday, better known as “Meat Loaf,” was born in Dallas on Sept. 27, 1947. He first gained national fame in the 1970s as Eddie, the leather-clad biker in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. While the movie was gaining worldwide popularity, Meat Loaf also was scoring hits with such songs as “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “Bat Out of Hell.” The Bat Out of Hell album sold more than 40 million copies, placing it among the top selling albums of all time. Meat Loaf continues to perform, record and appear in movies and stage plays.