Jim Steinman, the mastermind behind some of the most epic pop music ballads of the last 40 years, passed away at the age of 73.
The Grammy winner, who worked on Meat Loaf, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler, Barbra Streisand, Def Leppard and others who worked at the top of the charts died on Monday in Connecticut, TMZ. His death comes after an unknown medical emergency at 3:30 am on Sunday, the state coroner said.
Steinman’s « Paradise by the Dashboard Light » and other songs made up most of Meat Loaf’s 1977 blockbuster record « Bat Out of Hell « which became one of the best-selling albums of all time. The couple continued to work closely for Volumes II – which resulted in « I’d Do Anything for Love (but I won’t) » in 1993 and III of the rock music series.
Their karaoke mainstay, « Total Eclipse of the Heart “Made Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler legendary in 1983.
The enigmatic songwriter was known for drawing inspiration from the arts. His song « It’s All Coming Back to Me », best performed in 1996 by the French-Canadian icon Dion, is said to have been inspired by Emily Brontë’s « Wuthering Heights ». Critics hailed Dion’s recording as the « high point » of her English-speaking music career and undoubtedly paved the way for her decades of worldwide success.
Steinman received his first and only Grammy in 1997 for writing on Dion’s album « Falling Into You ».
In 2004, Steinman was temporarily unable to speak after suffering a stroke. After a speech he gave at Amherst College in 2013, he spent years learning how to use his voice.
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