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Rock 'n' roll dreams came through for Jim Steinman



You love his songs and you hate them. But you cannot deny the presence of Jim Steinman as it was during the '80s that his Rock n Roll dreams came through.

Jim Steinman and Meatloaf will always be linked together as Steinman's songs off of Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell album like Paradise By The Dashboard Light and Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad are classics. When Meatloaf had to rest his voice due to vocal cord damage, Brooklyn native Steinman took a crack at the charts himself and in 1981 his song Rock N Roll Dreams Come Through was a Top 40 hit peaking at No. 32.

The video for Rock N Roll Dreams Come Through is one of the most cheesy ridiculous videos to be released in the early days of video as Steinman and his guitar lord over some interesting dancing by young lovers. While Steinman does a capable job of lip-synching, it is really not Steinman singing on the single as Rory Dodd was the uncredited singer on Rock N Roll Dreams Come Through. Though you don't know his name, you know Dodd's voice very well as it is his falsetto voice we hear on Steinman's epic song Total Eclipse Of The Heart singing "Turn Around Bright Eyes" on Bonnie Tyler's monster smash. Dodd is also the high voice you hear on the end of Air Supply's Making Love Out Of Nothing At All - yet another Steinman composition.

While Steinman never hit the charts again as a solo artist, he has a slew of songs that have charted including Celine Dion's It's All Coming Back To Me, Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For A Hero and Ministry's This Corrosion not to mention Meatloaf's '90s comeback hits like I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That). Meatloaf also bested Steinman when his version of Rock N Roll Dreams Come Through hit No. 13 on the charts in 1994. The video for Meatloaf's version of Rock N Roll Dreams Come Through is also interesting in that the female lead is an 18-year old girl named Angelina Jolie, who filmed the video before making her first movie appearance.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:48am]


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