Meat Loaf (Sep. 27, 1947)
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Meat Loaf's real name is Marvin Aday. He often makes up stories about how he got the moniker. The likely answer is that it was given to him by his high school football coach.
Oddly enough, Meat Loaf is a vegetarian. He changed his diet for health reasons in the '80s.
His step-daughter Pearl was a "Crue Slut," for a short time, meaning she was a backup singer and dancer on Motley Crue's 1999-2000 tour.
A study at Sussex University in England found that his music was an excellent stimulant for plant growth.
He has appeared in several movies, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club. He also played Jack Black's father in Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny. (thanks, Dalton - Hoquiam, WA).
Meat Loaf was lead vocalist on Ted Nugent's 1976 album Free For All.
He comes from a rather large family. While he reportedly weighed over 200 pounds in seventh grade, his dad weighed 350 and his uncle (standing six feet seven inches) weighed nearly 700 pounds.
Meat Loaf met pianist and songwriter Jim Steinman when Loaf auditioned for his play More Than You Deserve. These 2 collaborated to make the hugely successful album Bat Out of Hell and its sequel, Bat Out Of Hell II.
An early band was called Meat Loaf Soul, and was sometimes billed as Popcorn Blizzard. They opened for many notables, including Ted Nugent, the Who, and the Stooges.
He was in the original production of Hair, but declined to be in the nude scene. Said Loaf: "You got an extra $12.50 to be in the nude scene and I didn't need an extra $12.50." (thanks, Dan - West Hartford, CT)
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"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."
Harry is Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap, Mark Shubb in The Folksmen, and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons
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With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.