It was Foley who belted out the phrases to Meat Loaf about midway by means of their eight-and-a-half minute duet “Paradise By the Dashboard Gentle,” the epic seduction track on his mega-selling 1977 “Bat Out of Hell” album.
Foley is now trying again on the singular expertise of constructing the memorable track as she remembers Meat Loaf and a “stunning, feisty, joyful friendship” that started in her early 20s. Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, died on Thursday at 74.
He was essentially the most unlikely of rock superstars, Foley says.
“I imply, that’s the wild factor,” she mentioned in an interview Friday, when requested to elucidate the supply of his fame. “Who would have thought that on the finish of the ’70s, this 300-pound-plus man could be a star? However that’s what it was. He was a personality, , bigger than life.”
However, she says, he got here on the proper time.
“Folks had been prepared for this. Folks had been prepared to return out of the laid-back Fleetwood Mac ’70s. And he had a rare voice. I don’t know if he ever took a voice lesson — I believe he got here out fairly totally shaped. First time I ever noticed him stroll right into a rehearsal corridor, he was Meat Loaf. He knew what he was.”
It was within the ’70s that Foley met Meat Loaf, when the 2 of them had been driving round in a blue van, touring with a Nationwide Lampoon comedy present. “We obtained very shut,” she mentioned. “You’re on the street, you’re feeling lonely and there are simply folks you gravitate to.”
She describes him, as others have, as quite a man-child. “I am not saying that derogatorily,” she famous. “However I believe all the ladies in his life most likely ended up kind of caring for him.”
“Bat Out of Hell,” a collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, overcame combined opinions to turn out to be, by way of aggressive touring, one of many top-selling albums in historical past, with worldwide gross sales of greater than 40 million copies.
“I believe it was offered off of stay efficiency,” Foley mentioned of the 1977 album. “They toured the heck out of it and folks noticed him, and had been simply blown away and acquired the report.” And, after all, there was “the marvel of Meat Loaf,” she added. “He was a marvel, actually.”
As for his or her “Paradise” duet — about two youngsters “doubly blessed” as a result of they had been “barely 17” and “barely dressed” — folks by no means stopped speaking to Foley about it.
“It’s obtained an unbelievable mythology round it,” she mentioned, noting that folks typically inform her they misplaced their virginity to the track. “Which is smart,” she mentioned. “They had been following the script.” (The track included baseball announcer Phil Rizzuto giving a play-by-play about rounding the bases and sliding into residence. Rizzuto later mentioned he didn’t notice it was a metaphor.)
However Foley says folks additionally recite a litany of different events after they’ve pulled out the track, telling her: “‘I did it at karaoke, at my wedding ceremony, at my highschool reunion, at my bar mitzvah.'”
“It’s form of unimaginable,” she mentioned.
Certainly, Foley says, she typically seems like an astronaut, trying again on the large moonshot that outlined a profession.
“You do one factor and it goes with you in your entire life,” she mentioned, “and it makes you all the time linked, and it makes you are feeling as younger as you probably did once you sang that track — or went to the moon.”
Actually, although, Foley, now 70, was solely starting an extended profession as each an actor and singer.
She later originated the function of the Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” in San Diego, and on TV starred for a season in “Night time Court docket.” She’s recorded various solo albums and final 12 months launched her fifth, “Combating Phrases.” She continues to carry out and to show.
However this week, Foley is remembering the good friend she merely calls Meat, whom she final noticed after they collaborated on his 2016 album, “Braver Than We Are.”
“Meat introduced me into the consciousness of the rock ‘n’ roll world,” she wrote on Fb, “and thru ‘Paradise By the Dashboard Gentle,’ I get to be a sexy teenager all the time. Meat: I’ll love you without end.”