RIP Jim Steinman, the man behind the songs of Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, and Sisters of Mercy

Jim Steinman, who had a long, LONG string of hits writing for Meat Loaf to Celine Dion to Sisters of Mercy, has died in Connecticut at the age of 73. No cause of death has been announced.

Steinman had a wild career, working exclusively behind the scenes as a composer, lyricist, and producer, specializing in grand, OTT productions that were insanely successful all over the planet. He had a hand in selling nearly 200 million records.

You may not know the name, but you know the songs and albums be wrote and produced but never performed. With the exception of a 1971 solo album called Bad for Good, he left that to someone else.

  • Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell (50 million albums sold)
  • Bonnie Tyler, Secret Dream and Forbidden Fire (featuring “Holding Out for a Hero”)
  • Sisters of Mercy, The Floodland album.
  • Bonnie Tyler, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
  • Air Supply, “Making Love Out of Nothing At All”
  • Celine Dion, Falling into You and Let’s Talk About Love

Here’s me speaking with Mike Stafford on GlobalNews AM 640 about Jim.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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