Jim Steinman

American composer, lyricist and record producer (1947–2021) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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James Richard Steinman (November 1, 1947 April 19, 2021) was an American composer, lyricist and record producer.[1] He also worked as an arranger, pianist, and singer. His work included songs in the adult contemporary, rock, dance, pop, musical theater, and film score genres. He wrote songs for Bonnie Tyler and Meat Loaf, including Bat Out of Hell (one of the best-selling albums in history),[2] and also wrote and produced Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell and Tyler's Faster Than the Speed of Night.

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Jim Steinman
Steinman at Joe's Pub in New York City, 2005
Steinman at Joe's Pub in New York City, 2005
Background information
Born(1947-11-01)November 1, 1947
Hewlett, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 19, 2021(2021-04-19) (aged 73)
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.
  • Composer
  • lyricist
  • record producer
Years active1969–2021

His most successful chart singles include Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart", Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", the Sisters of Mercy's "This Corrosion" and "More", Barry Manilow's "Read 'Em and Weep", Celine Dion's cover of "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (originally released by Steinman's project Pandora's Box) and Boyzone's "No Matter What" (the group's first and only single to be popular and chart in the US). Steinman's only solo album Bad for Good was released in 1981.

Steinman's work also extended to musical theater, where he began his career. Steinman was credited with the book, music, and lyrics for Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, as well as lyrics for Whistle Down the Wind, and music for Tanz der Vampire.