On May 28, 2020, Robert J. Kulick died aged 70. He was musician (guitar) and producer, best known for his studio work with Kiss, Kulick has also worked with Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Paul Stanley, W.A.S.P., Neverland Express, Meat Loaf, Michael Bolton, Doro, Balance, Motörhead, Tim Curry, Alice Cooper, Mark Farner, Janis Ian, Was (Not Was), Kris Hadlock, Spys, Blackthorne, David Glen Eisley, Skull, Michael Wendroff and Random Blues Band. As a leader Kulick recorded one album, “Skeletons in the Closet” in 2017.
In October 1971, “Rare Earth” label released “Stoney and Meatloaf”, the debut Meat Loaf album. It was recorded in 1971, and was produced by Ralph Terrana, Russ Terrana, Mike Valvano, Nick Zesses and Dino Fekaris.
- Lead vocals: Meat Loaf, Stoney Murphy
- Backing vocals: Mike Campbell, Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers, Bob Babbitt, Mike Campbell, Ray Monette and Andrew Smith, Ralph Terrana, Charlie Irwin, Richard Ponte, Jim Simmons and Scott Strong.
- Arrangers: Tom Baird, David Van De Pitte
- Remix engineer: Glen Jordan
- Mastering engineer: Jack Andrews
- (I’d Love to Be) As Heavy as Jesus – Patti Jerome, Ralph Terrana, Mike Valvano
- She Waits by the Window – Mike Campbell, Ray Monette
- It Takes All Kinds of People – Patti Jerome, Mike Valvano
- Game of Love – Ike Turner
- Kiss Me Again – Mike Campbell, Ray Monette
- What You See Is What You Get – Patti Jerome, Mike Valvano
- Sunshine (Where’s Heaven?) – Ralph Terrana, Mike Valvano
- Jimmy Bell – traditional
- Lady Be Mine – Mike Campbell, Ray Monette
- Jessica White – Mike Campbell, Ray Monette
On October 21, 1977, “Cleveland International” label released “Bat Out of Hell”, the second Meat Loaf studio album. It was recorded 1975 – 1976, and was produced by Todd Rundgren. This album is the first Loaf’s collaboration with composer Jim Steinman and was produced by Todd Rundgren. “But Out of Hell” became not only the biggest Loaf’s commercial released success but is also one of the vest selling albums ever, with than 43 million copies sold worldwide. In 2003, magazine Rolling Stone ranked it at number 343 on its list of the “500 greatest albums of all time”.
- Meat Loaf– lead vocals, backing vocals, percussion
- Todd Rundgren– guitar, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
- Kasim Sulton– bass guitar, backing vocals
- Roy Bittan– piano, keyboards
- Steve Margoshes – piano
- Cheryl Hardwick – piano
- Jim Steinman– keyboards, percussion , lascivious effects, dialogue intro
- Roger Powell– synthesizer
- Edgar Winter– saxophone
- Max Weinberg– drums
- John “Willie” Wilcox – drums
- Marcia McClain – dialogue intro
- Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto– play-by-play
- Ellen Foley– featured vocal, backing vocals
- Rory Dodd– backing vocals
- Gene Orloff – concert master
- Members of New York Philharmonicand Philadelphia Orchestra – orchestra
- Kenneth Ascher– string arrangements
- Steve Margoshes – orchestra arrangement
All tracks by Jim Steinman.
- Bat Out of Hell
- You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth
- Heaven Can Wait
- All Revved Up with No Place to Go
- Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
- Paradise by the Dashboard Light
- For Crying Out Loud
On October 24, 2002, Thomas John “Tom” Dowd died aged 77. He was recording engineer and producer for Atlantic Records. He was credited with innovating the multi-track recording method. Tom Dowd recorded albums for number of famous artists including: Eric Clapton, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, The Allman Brothers Band, The J. Geils Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, Sonny & Cher, The Rascals, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins, Dusty Springfield and Otis Redding.