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Congratulations Jim Steinman -
2012 Inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Read the Press Announcement here.
Jim to receive honorary degree from alma mater, (and birthplace of The Dream Engine '69), Amherst College!
AMHERST, Mass.—CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, former UMass professor and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chair Sheila Bair, playwright and gay-rights activist Martin Duberman, Iran hostage crisis negotiator Ulric Haynes Jr. ’52, chemist David K. Lewis ’64, New York Public Library President and former Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx, acclaimed narrative nonfiction writer John McPhee and hit songwriter Jim Steinman ’69 will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 191st Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. on the school’s main quad.
Jim's Bio from Amherst's Website:
Since his days as a young opera fan and a creator of daring theatrical works at Amherst College and with Joe Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jim Steinman ’69 has sold more than 190 million records as a composer and lyricist behind such hit songs as “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” ”Making Love Out of Nothing at All,” “Dead Ringer for Love,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” “Holding Out For A Hero” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” He is probably best known for writing the songs on the album Bat Out of Hell, which has sold more than 48 million copies, and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Steinman also wrote the lyrics for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Whistle Down the Wind; composed the score for the musical Tanz der Vampire, which has run for 16 consecutive years in Europe; and contributed to the soundtrack of Footloose, among other movies. His works-in-progress include a stage musical version of Bat Out of Hell and a heavy-metal version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. In June 2012, Steinman will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
See the link below for scheduled events and further information:
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Songwriters Hall of Fame
2012 Nominees for Induction Announced
New York, NY - October 14, 2011 - Jimmy Webb, Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced the slate of 2012 nominees for induction. The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds annual elections to determine those who will make up the roster of inductees for the following year. Eligible voting members will have until December 12th, 2011 to turn in ballots with their choices of two nominees from a non-performer and two from a performer category. For information with which to register or renew as a voting member before November 18th in order to participate in this election, please go to songhall.org.
The 2012 Annual Awards Gala will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis on Thursday, June 14th.
Bios and photos of the 2012 nominees can be found on the songhall.org website,
and as a new special feature this year, Jango, the personalized internet radio site where listeners go to discover new music, has created has created a special Songwriters Hall of Fame online Radio Station that will enable everyone to "Listen to the Music" of our nominees.
And the nominees are:
(*Note that the five songs listed after each nominee are merely a representative sample of their extensive catalogs)
Don Covay - * Sookie, Sookie * Mercy, Mercy * Tonight's The Night * Chain Of Fools
Jerry Fuller -* Travelin' Man * Young World * Young Girl * Lady Willpower * Show And Tell
Graham Gouldman - * Bus Stop * I'm Not In Love * For Your Love * The Things We Do For Love * No Milk Today
Tony Hatch - * Downtown * Don't Sleep In The Subway * I Know A Place * My Love
* Sign Of The Times
Sandy Linzer/Denny Randell - * A Lover's Concerto * Workin' My Way Back To You * Let 's Hang On To What We've Got * Native New Yorker * Opus 17 (Don't Worry 'bout Me)
Tony Macaulay - * Baby Now That I've Found You * Build Me Up Buttercup * Don't Give Up On Us * Last Night I Couldn't Get To Sleep At All * Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
Chips Moman - * Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song * At The Dark End Of The Street * Do Right Woman, Do Right Man * Lukenbach, Texas * Wurlitzer Prize
Artie Resnick/Kenny Young - * Under The Boardwalk * I've Got Sand In My Shoes * One Kiss For Old Time's Sake * Good Lovin' * Just A Little Bit Better
Don Schlitz - * The Gambler * Forever And Ever, Amen * When You Say Nothing At All
* He Thinks He'll keep Her * On The Other Hand
P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri - * Secret Agent Man * Eve Of Destruction * Where Were You When I Needed You * You Baby (Nobody but You) * Can I Get to Know You Better
Jim Steinman - * I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That * Making Love Out Of Nothing At All * Paradise By The Dashboard Light * Total Eclipse Of The Heart * Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad
Paul Vance/Lee Pockriss - * Catch A Falling Star * Dommage Dommage * Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini * Playground In My Mind * She Lets Her Hair Down (Early In The Morning)
Elvis Costello - * Accidents Will Happen * Alison * Veronica * Pump It Up * Watching The Detectives
Dion DiMucci - * Born To Cry * Donna The Prima Donna * King Of The New York Streets
* Love Came To Me * Runaround Sue
Deborah Harry/Chris Stein (Blondie) - *Dreaming * Heart Of Glass * In The Flesh
* Rapture * One Way Or Another
Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) - * Moonshadow * Morning Has Broken * Peace Train
* The First Cut Is The Deepest * Wild World
Annie Lennox/Dave Stewart - * Here Comes The Rain Again, * Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) * Would I Lie To You * Missionary Man * Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
Gordon Lightfoot - * Carefree Highway * Early Morning Rain * If You Could Read My Mind * Sundown * Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
George Michael - * Careless Whisper * Faith * Father Figure * I Want Your Sex * Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Steve Miller -* Abracadabra * Fly Like An Eagle * Living In The USA * Take The Money And Run * The Joker
Lou Reed - * Dirty Boulevard * Heroin * Rock & Roll * Sweet Jane * Walk On The Wild Side
Bob Seger - * Like A Rock * Night Moves * Rock & Roll Never Forgets * Still The Same
* We've Got Tonight
Pete Townshend - * I Can See For Miles * Magic Bus * My Generation * See Me, Touch Me, Feel Me * Won't Get Fooled Again
Tom Waits -* Ol' 55 * Jersey Girl * (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night * Innocent When You Dream * Downtown Train
About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The list includes Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Albert Hammond, Desmond Child, Paul Williams, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren, Garth Brooks, Allen Toussaint and Leonard Cohen among many others.
Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Virtual Museum.
Join us! Our mission is to remember and honor our great songwriters while building our musical future through workshops, showcases and scholarships, along with the opportunity to vote for the next slate of inductees. Joining online is quick and easy.
Jim Steinman's Tribute on the Passing of Friend & Music Legend,
Steve Popovich (1942-2011)
I wrote “ROCK & ROLL DREAMS COME THROUGH” in 1982 for my one CD, BAD FOR GOOD, but had to change it when I did it with Meat in 1993, for Bat Out Of Hell 2—as someone said, I’ve written one song in my life—but its full of lots of movements and about 200 hours long…
To quote from that:
“ONCE UPON A TIME
WAS A BACKBEAT
ONCE UPON A TIME
ALL THE CHORDS
CAME TO LIFE
AND THE ANGELS HAD GUITARS
EVEN BEFORE THEY HAD WINGS
IF YOU HOLD ONTO A CHORUS
YOU CAN GET THROUGH THE NIGHT
I TREASURE YOUR LOVE
I NEVER WANT TO LOSE IT
YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH
THE FIRES OF HELL, AND
I KNOW YOU'VE GOT
THE ASHES TO PROVE IT
I TREASURE YOUR LOVE
I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW TO USE IT
YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH
A LOT OF PAIN IN THE DIRT,
AND I KNOW YOU'VE GOT
THE SCARS TO PROVE IT
REMEMBER EVERYTHING THAT
I TOLD YOU, AND I'M TELLING
YOU AGAIN THAT IT'S TRUE
YOU'RE NEVER ALONE,
'CAUSE YOU CAN PUT
ON THE 'PHONES,
AND LET THE DRUMMER
TELL YOUR HEART
WHAT TO DO
KEEP ON BELIEVING, AND
YOU'LL DISCOVER BABY
AND WHEN YOU REALLY
REALLY NEED IT THE MOST,
THAT'S WHEN ROCK AND
ROLL DREAMS COME THROUGH
THE BEAT IS
YOURS FOR EVER
THE BEAT IS
AND WHEN YOU REALLY
REALLY NEED IT THE MOST,
THAT'S WHEN ROCK AND
ROLL DREAMS COME THROUGH,
For me, the soul of Pops was in those words.
I also, for no specific reason, remember:
Driving home from after a WMMR show, in a limo with Popi and Harvey Leeds and a few other CBS big wigs & they were saying, in 1978 mind you, that it was time to get back in the studio: “Look guys, we sold 300,000 now—eventually we’ll hit gold @ 500,000—that’s the time for another record!.” I was horrified, and expressed it. They looked at me like I was from Mars & said sarcastically:
“Ok Mr. Record man, how much do YOU think it’ll sell?”
And I said, not pausing, 10 million.
Then came the storm of ridicule, mockery & reiterations of how foolish I was.
I basically withered under the abuse & there was a long pause—until Pops said gently: “10 million huh? Is that domestic or foreign?”
God I loved him then, as I always did & would forever.
He had family members coming to visit, & rightly or wrongly, I thought they were from Russia or eastern Europe. He asked me if I could write a song for them.
I came up with “It’s Only Rock And Roll Balalaika”
I could go on forever but I wont. I deeply loved Pops & I’ll always cherish that I was privileged to know him.
Steve Popovich is WHY rock n roll dreams come through. Not TRUE, he wasn’t God, but “came through”, like offering a rescue line or salvation. He wasn’t God but he WAS A&R and promotion FOR HIM.
To read more about the life and times of Steve Popovich please visit the site below:
“Feel the stroke of midnight near
Caress your skin with angels' fear”……HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Visit BatOutofHelltheMusical.com to join a mailing list about the show!
-- From The London Evening Standard
Best Selling Albums of All Time
On all these recordings, ONLY ONE has ALL words and music by ONE individual:
Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell.
The Best Selling Albums of All Time (in millions):
- 1. Michael Jackson, Thriller (100+)
- 2. AC/DC, Back in Black (45+)
- 3. Meat Loaf, Bat out of Hell (43+)
- 4. Eagles, Their Greatest Hits (42+)
- 5. Dirty Dancing Soundtrack (42+)
- 6. The Bodyguard Soundtrack (42+)
- 7. The Phantom of the Opera (40+)
- 8. Backstreet Boys, Millennium (40+)
- 9. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (40+)
- 10. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (40+)
- 11. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (40+)
To read more, click here.
Happy Holidays and my best wishes to all of you for 2009. Love and limitless gratitude for ‘sticking with me’. Clothes are all self designed. Model was botched by God. Love, Jim Steinman
The 2008 Golden Q Award for All-Time Classic Song was awarded to Jim Steinman & Meat Loaf for Bat Out Of Hell.
Q magazine's editor in chief, Paul Rees, says: "There are some songs that transcend such things as time and genre, and Bat Out Of Hell is assuredly one of them." Steinman made the following remarks to Q Magazine regarding the honor:
Steinman says Bat reflects his philosophy.
Bat Out Of Hell‘s writer Jim Steinman said today that the song was “a perfect reflection of my creed”.
The legendary composer – who wrote the song for the album of the same name – said he created the track to be “the ultimate crash song”, “operatic annihilation” and a little piece of "Wagner".
After hearing the track was named Classic Song at today’s Q Awards, he said: “In the interest of being pompous, profound, and pretentious all at the same time, as well as being self-deprecating, even self-lacerating, and brilliant simultaneously, I can truly say that BAT OUT OF HELL is a perfect reflection of my creed: ‘If you don’t go over the top, you’ll never see what’s on the other side”.
“’Bat’ was a complete song after two choruses, at six-plus minutes long. But I thought it was too short - no, incomplete. It needed more! So I toiled away and came up with the final third of the song, starting at: “I can see myself, tearing up the road, FASTER, than any other boy has ever gone……” - and this evolved into the whole CRASH sequence, ending with “the last thing I see is my heart/still beating/still beating/breaking out of my body and flying away …… Like a BAT OUT OF HELL!”
“Then it was complete. It had been a great driving-racing-speed anthem, plus a suitably obsessive love story, but now it was what I wanted all along: THE ULTIMATE CRASH SONG!! SELF-DESTRUCTION! OPERATIC ANNIHILATION!!!!!! A LOVE DEATH!!!!! LITTLE RICHARD WAGNER!!!!
“Thus, if I hadn't gone OVER THE TOP, I NEVER WOULD HAVE SEEN WHAT’S ON THE OTHER SIDE. Which I really loved. And which, to this f***ing day, I still love. END OF STORY; AND THANK YOU, Q & MEAT. (That sounds like a distant relative of Spotted Dick: Q & MEAT!)”
Q Magazine also published the following 10 SteinFacts…
Bat Out Of Hell a 'classic'
Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf’s enduring rock epic, is to be rewarded with the title of ‘classic song’ at next week’s Q Awards. The track was written by the legendary songwriter Jim Steinman with whom Loaf has collaborated on a number of occasions, although the pair have not always seen eye to eye.
Here are ten things you should know about the architect of Bat Out Of Hell, Jim Steinman:
- 1) Steinman and Meat Loaf’s paths first crossed after the songwriter created a musical called More Than You Deserve in 1974, in which the singer and actor had been cast. The title track was later included on the Dead Ringer album (follow-up to Bat Out Of Hell).
- 2) His first commercial release was in 1973 when Yvonne Elliman recorded Steinman's song Happy Ending which appeared on the album Food of Love.
- 3) Bat Out Of Hell has its roots in a production based on JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. While Steinman and Meat Loaf were working on a touring National Lampoon production, they started to develop further three of the tracks which the composer had prepared for the musical, Neverland, for what they hoped would become a seven-song album. These became Bat out of Hell, Heaven Can Wait and All Revved Up With No Place to Go.
- 4) Steinman’s magic touch transformed Bonnie Tyler from a singer of syrupy – if a little croaky – ballads, to rock chick after producing her album Faster Than The Speed Of Night. He also wrote the title track and number one single Total Eclipse Of The Heart.
- 5) Steinman is canny recycler. The theme he wrote for a 1979 TV show Delta House was later tweaked and included in the hit single Dead Ringer For Love.
- 6) Steinman claims he was originally approached to pen the lyrics for the Lord Lloyd-Webber musical The Phantom Of The Opera but had to turn it down because of his commitments with Tyler. However, the pair later collaborated on the West End show (later transferring briefly to Broadway) Whistle Down The Wind.
- 7) As well as Bat Out Of Hell (a phrase for which Steinman holds the trademark) and Dead Ringer, Steinman went on to work together on Bat Out Of Hell II in 1993, despite years of bad blood. A third Bat album in 2006 saw little collaboration, although it featured seven of the composer’s songs – five of them were covers of previously recorded material, the remaining two adapted from demos of tracks written for musicals.
- 8) Steinman, 61 in November, reinvented the goth pioneers Sisters Of Mercy with his epic productions on This Corrosion and Dominion/Mother Russia from the band’s second album Floodland. He worked with the Sisters’ Andrew Eldritch again when he co-wrote More for the Vision Thing album.
- 9) Further collaborators for New York-born Steinman have included wrestler Hulk Hogan, the Everly Brothers, Celine Dion and The Opera Babes.
- 10) On the Bat Out of Hell album track Paradise By The Dashboard Light, alongside the rather more sober credits for drums, bass and keyboards for the rest of the personnel, Steinman is listed for “lascivious effects”.
OnStage: Lyricist out of 'Hell'
Jim Steinman worked with Meat Loaf and Celine Dion on records -- and with Andrew Lloyd Webber on "Whistle Down the Wind." Ahead of an Ordway run, Steinman recalls the musical's legendary stops and starts.
By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune
Rock lyricist, songwriter and record producer Jim Steinman is perhaps best known for his work with such artists as Meat Loaf ("Bat Out of Hell") and Celine Dion ("Falling Into You"). But Steinman also writes for theater. The musical "Whistle Down the Wind," his 1996 collaboration with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, died en route to New York but was successfully revived for a long run in London. It opens Tuesday at the Ordway Center.
Read more here. (source: Star Tribune)
A Bat Out Of Hell Who Whistles
Hit-maker Jim Steinman is best known for his music of Meatloaf's "Bat Out Of Hell." (MARYELLEN FILLO)By MARYELLEN FILLO | Courant Java Columnist
September 28, 2007
Record producer, composer and lyricist Jim Steinman stopped by Hartford this week to catch the opening night of "Whistle Down The Wind," which is playing at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday. He wrote the lyrics for the show's music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Steinman, 59, an avid Yankees fan, is best known for his music on Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" album. The 1977 album's title became the subject of a legal battle between Steinman and Meat Loaf, and was eventually resolved in an out-of-court settlement. Steinman is also known for a slew of hit singles for other performers, including Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All," Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," as well as his musical "Tanz der Vampire," which is still playing in Berlin, Germany.
A free spirit easily recognized by his signature mop of unruly hair, Steinman took time out from dinner at Bin 228 to Spill the Beans with Java.
Read more here. (source: Hartford Courant)
The 10th Anniversary Concert of Tanz Der Vampire at the Raimund Theatre is now available as a souvenir CD. Follow the link below to order from Sound Of Music - a German site that's a treasure trove for all things Tanz Der Vampire!http://www.soundofmusic-shop.de/s04.php?shopid=s04&sp=de&cur=eur&ag=1&pp=aa&bnr=10437
Whistle Down The Wind Touring Cast Announced
Full cast and creative team have been announced for the national tour of the musical Whistle Down The Wind featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman and a book by Webber, Patricia Knop, and Gale Edwards. The production, which is produced and directed by Bill Kenwright, begins at Houston's Hobby Center, September 9-22, with future stops in Hartford, St. Paul, Sacramento, Seattle, Detroit, and Los Angeles.
The show, which premiered in London, tells the story of a young Louisiana girl who finds a mysterious stranger hiding in her barn. When she asks his identity, the first words he utters are "Jesus Christ;" and it's as if all her prayers have been answered. While the townspeople are determined to find the escaped felon, she and her friends vow to protect him from the outside world.
The show stars Eric Kunze, Andrea Ross, Dann Fink, Adam Shonkwiler, Austin J. Zambito-Valente, Nadine Jacobson, Carole Denise Jones, Greg Stone, and Kurt Zischke. The ensemble features Ryan Appleby, Renee Claire Bergeron, Al Bundonis, Raisa Ellingson, Alexis Hightower, Stephen Horst, James Jackson, Jr., Justine Magnusson, Thomas Rainey, and Mickey Toogood.
It will feature costume and set design by Paul Farnsworth, choreography by Henry Metcalfe, musical direction by David Steadman, lighting design by Nick Richings, and sound design by Ben Harrison.
Kenwright to Direct Whistle Down the Wind Tour; Cities Announced
Additional venues have been announced for the upcoming national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman's Whistle Down the Wind, which will kick off in September.
As previously announced on Playbill.com, the inspirational musical will launch Sept. 9 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, TX. The production is also currently scheduled to play the following venues.
- Sept. 25-30 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford
- Oct. 9-21 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul
- Oct. 30-Nov. 11 at the Community Center Theater in Sacramento
- Nov. 13-Dec. 2 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle
- Jan. 8-27, 2008 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit
Directed and produced by Bill Kenwright, the musical is based on the film of the same and was previously seen in the West End and in a U.K. tour. Casting for the U.S. production is currently underway.
Whistle will feature costume and set design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting design by Nick Richings and sound design by Ben Harrison. Henry Metcalfe will choreograph; David Steadman will be the musical director.
In a statement composer Lloyd Webber said, "Whistle Down the Wind is a fantastic story for a musical dramatist and it took me back to my rock roots. It's a primal tale about salvation and forgiveness that everyone can relate to. I'm absolutely delighted that Bill Kenwright's wonderful production is going to be seen in America."
Director-producer Kenwright added, "My time working on Whistle has been, alongside Blood Brothers and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the most exciting and rewarding of my career. It is a show that has everything - great, great songs, exciting narrative, wonderful performances and one of the best and simplest storylines I have ever come across. All in all, great theatre. I am very proud to be the show's producer and director."