Hewlett native music producer Jim Steinman, 73 | Community Newspapers Herald
He produced Meatloaf’s heartbreaking 1977 debut album “Bat Out of Hell” with the iconic song “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and was an acclaimed songwriter for artists such as Air Supply, Celine Dion and Bonnie Tyler. James Richard “Jim” Steinman, originally from Hewlett, died on April 20, according to the Associated Press. He was 73 years old.
Born November 1, 1947 in New York, New York. Steinman graduated from Hewlett High School in 1965 and attended Amherst College.
He wrote the book, music and lyrics for “The Dream Engine” as a senior in college. Steinman also provided music for a puppet show called “Ubu”. His song “Happy Ending” appeared on the album “Food of Love.He also wrote the music and co-wrote the screenplay for the musical “Rhinegold”. Steinman and Meat Loaf worked together on the album which was eventually released by Cleveland International Records. “Bat Out of Hell” was an immediate hit in Australia, the UK, and then the US.
The film, “A Small Circle of Friends,” included an orchestral score composed by Steinman. He is also credited as the music producer for each selection on Tyler’s album “Faster Than the Speed of Night”. Steinman later co-wrote and co-produced the track “More” for the Sisters of Mercy’s album “Vision Thing”.
In 2003, he was executive producer of the MTV TV movie “Wuthering Heights”. A decade later, Steinman announced that he would work with Meat Loaf on three new songs from their album “Brave and Crazy”. The disc was released in 2016 consisting of various new songs.
Steinman continued to show his talent in 2017 when he opened his “Bat Out of Hell The Musical” at the Manchester Opera.