Artist News

Jim Steinman dies

By | Published on Wednesday 21 April 2021

Jim Steinman

Musician, songwriter and producer Jim Steinman – best known for his work with Meat Loaf – has died. He was 73.

Speaking to Associated Press, his brother Bill Steinman confirmed that the musician had died of kidney failure on Monday after a period of illness, saying: “I miss him a great deal already”.

Steinman and Meat Loaf came to prominence together with the latter’s debut album ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ in 1977 – both having met while working in musical theatre. One of the best-selling albums of all time, it was followed by a sequel, ‘Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell’, in 1993, featuring the single, ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’.

As well as Meat Loaf, Steinman also worked with artists including Bonnie Tyler, Celine Dion, Sisters Of Mercy, Barry Manilow and Boyzone.

Tyler – for whom Steinman penned ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’, among other songs – said in a statement: “I am absolutely devastated to learn of the passing of my long term friend and musical mentor Jim Steinman. Jim wrote and produced some of the most iconic rock songs of all time and I was massively privileged to have been given some of them by him”.

As well as a successful career in pop and rock music, Steinman also continued to work in musical theatre over the years, including a collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber on ‘Whistle Down The Wind’. ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ was also turned into a stage musical, which has been performed in various countries around the world.