Jim Steinman death: Bat Out Of Hell songwriter dies aged 73

Sean Morrison
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Jim Steinman, the Grammy-winning composer who wrote Meat Loaf's best-selling Bat Out Of Hell album, has died aged 73.

He died on Monday from kidney failure and was ill for some time.

"I miss him a great deal already," his brother Bill Steinman said on Tuesday. He said Steinman died in Connecticut near his home in Ridgefield.

Jim Steinman was born on November 1, 1947, in New York City.

He got his start in musical theatre and was known for writing and producing epic, operatic rock songs and power ballads throughout his prolific career.

Steinman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 and won album of the year at the 1997 Grammy Awards for producing songs on Celine Dion's Falling Into You.

He wrote the music for Meat Loaf's classic album Bat Out of Hell, released in 1977 and one of the top-selling albums of all-time.

It has reached 14-time platinum status by the RIAA, which is equivalent to selling 14 million albums in the U.S. alone.

Steinman also wrote Meat Loaf's 1993 album, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, another commercial and multi-platinum success.

He also worked on 2006's Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, which closed the Bat Out of Hell trilogy.

He also composed the rock musical Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, which premiered in 2017 at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England.

Steinman was responsible for Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart, which topped the Billboard charts in 1983 and earned Tyler a Grammy nomination.

"There is no other songwriter ever like him," an emotional and teary-eyed Meat Loaf said at Steinman's induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Here I go getting emotional...

"I can never repay him," he continued. "He has been such an influence, in fact, the biggest influence on my life, and I learned so much from him that there would be no way I could ever repay Mr. Jim Steinman."

Meat Loaf and Steinman joined forces again for Meat Loaf's most recent album, 2016's Braver Than We Are.

The songs were written over a 50-year period, and include several originally intended for "Bat Out of Hell."

Steinman's only album was 1981's Bad for Good, which featured Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through, a Top 40 hit that Meat Loaf later recorded with more success on the charts.

Bad for Good"also included the track Left In the Dark, which Barbra Streisand recorded for her 1984 Emotion album. Meat Loaf also recorded the song.

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