The female vocalist on the song is Ellen Foley, who at the time was starring in the Broadway production of Hair
. She was replaced on tour with Karla DeVito because Foley had other commitments, and because, as she told Top 2000 a gogo
, "You're singing backgrounds and then you go up and he sticks his tongue down your throat for 12 minutes."
The performances were sexually charged, but it was an act, as Meat Loaf was happily married. Foley parlayed her "Paradise" appearance into a record deal; she released a solo album called Night Out
in 1979. She has since appeared in various movies, including Fatal Attraction
, Married To The Mob
, and Cocktail
. Foley was also on the TV show Night Court
until she was replaced by Markie Post.