What You See Is What You Get

Album: Stoney & Meatloaf (1971)
Charted: 71
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Songfacts®:

  • Years before Marvin Aday, better known to you and me as Meat Loaf, teamed up with Jim Steinman for Bat Out of Hell, he recorded an album on Motown. This is how it happened:

    After enjoying some local success with his first band, Meat Loaf Soul, Aday joined the Los Angeles production of Hair. With the publicity generated from the production, the singer was invited to record with Motown. The label suggested he do an album jointly with Stoney Murphy, who had performed with him in Hair, to which he agreed. This single was released in advance of the album, which was titled Stoney & Meatloaf. The song became Meat Loaf (or Meatloaf as he was known then)'s first hit, reaching #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • Motown legend Stevie Wonder ended up on the record. Meat Loaf explained how to the NME April 24, 2010: "The guy recording before us was Stevie Wonder, making Innervisions. We would be sitting up there going, 'Wow, I've never heard anything like that before.' One day Stevie was hanging out and they played this really corny song (of ours) and Stevie Wonder heard it and said, 'Can I play piano on that?' So Stevie played piano on this corny song of mine."

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