Paradise by the Dashboard Light

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About Paradise by the Dashboard Light

"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is a song written by Jim Steinman. It was first released in 1977 on the album Bat Out of Hell, with vocals by the American musician Meat Loaf alongside Ellen Foley. The song is most notable for its unique structure and length, and has become a staple of classic rock radio. Brotherhood of Man also recorded the song under the title "Let Me Sleep on It".


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Meat Loaf

Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday, September 27, 1947), known by his stage name Meat Loaf, is an American hard rock musician and actor. He is noted for the Bat Out of Hell album trilogy consisting of Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Bat Out of Hell has sold more than 43 million copies worldwide. After 35 years, it still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best selling albums of all time. more »

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Recording Process
The song "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" was among the songs recorded for Meat Loaf's 1977 album, "Bat Out of Hell."
The song was written by Jim Steinman, who wrote all the songs for the "Bat Out of Hell" album. This song is a duet performed by Meat Loaf and Ellen Foley.
Song Length
Notable for its length, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is more than eight minutes long, making it one of the longest songs to gain widespread airplay on commercial radio.
Story Telling
The song uses an extended baseball metaphor throughout, featuring commentary by Phil Rizzuto, a well-known baseball announcer for the New York Yankees, as part of the song.
Song Structure
It's structured as three separate ‘acts’ or parts within one song: 'Paradise', 'Let Me Sleep on It', and 'Praying for the End of Time', and it progresses from young love to the frustrations of adult relationships.
Chart Performance
"Paradise By The Dashboard Light" reached No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978.
Visibility of Ellen Foley
Despite her significant role in the song, Ellen Foley didn’t appear in the video. Instead, Karla DeVito was featured lip-syncing to Foley's vocals.
Music Video
The music video for "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" was among the first-ever conceptual music videos and it aired on television long before MTV was even established.
Controversy - Phil Rizzuto
Phil Rizzuto was unaware that his baseball play-by-play would be used as a sexual metaphor in the song. When he found out, he was reportedly displeased, although he and Meat Loaf later reconciled over the issue.
Live Performances
In concert, the song is usually a major production featuring attention to the storyline with theatrical elements, including costume changes and choreography. It's one of the highlights of a Meat Loaf concert.
In the years since its release, the song has been called a classic, and "Bat Out of Hell" has become one of the best-selling albums of all time.

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