Jim Steinman wrote this song and released it on his 1981 solo album Bad For Good
. Steinman wrote the songs on Meat Loaf's wildly popular 1977 album Bat Out of Hell
, and would later write tracks for Bonnie Tyler and Celine Dion.
This song, and the entire Bad For Good
album, was originally slated for Meat Loaf. The tracks were put down using most of the same musicians and studios used on Bat Out of Hell
(why mess with success?) but when it came time to record his vocals, Meat Loaf couldn't sing. The problem seemed to be both mental and physical, but it was dastardly, requiring grueling therapy. With the album ready to go sans vocals, Steinman decided to sing on it himself, although on this track he used a Canadian singer named Rory Dodd, who provided backing on Bat Out of Hell
and would later do the "turn around, bright eyes" part on "Total Eclipse Of The Heart
," as lead vocalist.
"Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through" was the only hit from the album, reaching #32 in the US. It was also Steinman's only Hot 100 entry as a solo artist.
When Steinman and Meat Loaf teamed up for the 1993 album Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell
, it was recorded as intended, with Loaf on lead. This rendition was more successful, making #13 US and also charting in the UK at #11.