Jim Steinman Biography

Jim Steinman

Quick Facts About Jim Steinman

Celebrated Name Jim Steinman
Age 51 Years
Nick Name Jim
Birth Name James Richard Steinman
Birth Date 1947-11.01
Gender Male
Profession Music Composer
Place Of Birth Hewlett, New York
Birth Nation United States
Nationality American
Famous For Known for composing Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell
Father Louis Steinman
Mother Eleanor Steinman
Home Town Hewlett, New York
Ethnicity White
Religion Christianity
Siblings 1
High School George W. Hewlett High School
College / University Amherst College
Education Bachelor's Degree
Awards Grammy Award for Album of the Year for his work on Celine Dion's Falling Into You
Death Date 2021-04-19
Place Of Death Danbury, Connecticut
Residence Ridgefield, Connecticut
Marital Status Not Known
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11.5 in)
Body Shape Average
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Blonde
Net Worth $10 million
Source of Wealth Music (composing, writing, arranging, producing)

James Richard Steinman, popularly known as Jim Steinman was an American musician (composer, singer, lyricist, pianist, arranger), record producer, and playwright. He created music for several artists for five decades since the late 1960s. He is best known for his work in Meat Loaf's albums, Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. The former is one of the best selling albums of all time. Some of his most successful chart singles include Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart", Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", the Sisters of Mercy's "This Corrosion" and "More", Barry Manilow's "Read 'Em and Weep", Celine Dion's cover of "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (originally released by Steinman's project Pandora's Box) and Boyzone's "No Matter What".

Steiman worked for several musical artists in his career. Steinman himself released his only album, Bad for Good in 1981. He is also credited with the book, music, and lyrics for several productions.

The legendary composer, Steinman passed away at the age of 73 on 19 April 2021. 

What is Jim Steinman Famous For?

  • Known for composing Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell.

Jim Steinman Meat Loaf

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Where is Jim Steinman From?

Jim Steinman was born on 1 November 1947. His birth name is James Richard Steinman. His birth place is in Hewlett, New York in the United States. He held an American nationality. He was born to father Louis Steinman and mother Eleanor Steinman. He grew up in Hewlett. He belonged to white ethnicity and his religion is Christianity. He has a brother named Bill.

Regarding his educational background, Steinman attended George W. Hewlett High School. He graduated from high school in 1965. After graduating from high school, he attended Amherst College. He received his bachelor's degree from Amherst in 1969.

Jim Steinman Career

  • Jim Steinman started his music career in his teenage. While in college, he contributed music for several college adaptations including Bertolt Brecht's A Man's a Man and Baal among others.
  • He was still in college when he wrote the book, music, and lyrics for The Dream Engine in 1969.
  • He worked for Joseph Papp for years after college. Papp was the founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival. 
  • He is best known for his collaboration with Meat Loaf. He composed Meat Loaf's 1977 album, Bat Out of Hell which went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. He wrote, composed, arranged, and produced the follow-up album to Bat Out of Hell, Back into Hell. He was also part of Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.
  • However, Steinman and Meat Loaf indulged in the legal battle for the trademark on the title, "Bat Out of Hell". A $100 million lawsuit against Steinman and David Sonenberg was settled out-of-court. Despite the fallout, they continued to collaborate together in their future endeavors. 
  • Steinman later went on to work for numerous musical artists as a songwriter, composer, arranger, or producer. He majorly worked with Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Billy Squier, Barbara Streisand, and Pandora's Box, Celine Dion among several other artists.
  • Some of Steinman's most successful chart singles are Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart", Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)", the Sisters of Mercy's "This Corrosion" and "More", Barry Manilow's "Read 'Em and Weep", Celine Dion's cover of "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (originally released by Steinman's project Pandora's Box) and Boyzone's "No Matter What".
  • Steinman released his only solo album, Bad for Good in 1981.
  • He won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for his work on Celine Dion's Falling Into You. 
  • He has also written and composed several musicals, plays, movies, and shows since his early days. 
  • His film works include A Small Circle Of Friends, Streets Of Fire, Footloose, The Shadow, Mask Of Zorro, Shrek 2, and MTV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights among others.
  • He founded Ravenous Records with Steven Rinkoff in 1998.
  • He created the stage musical of The Bat Out of Hell album trilogy. 
  • He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. 
  • He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2016. 
  • His alma mater Amherst University honored him with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree. 

Jim Steinman honors

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Jim Steinman Death

Jim Steinman passed away at the age of 73 on 19 April 2021. He died of kidney failure at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. He had been living in Ridgefield, Connecticut around the time of his death. 

His death was confirmed via his Facebook page. It wrote, " It's with a heavy heart that I can confirm Jim's passing. There will be much more to say in the coming hours and days as we prepare to honor this giant of a human being and his glorious legacy. For now, do something that makes you feel young, happy, and free. He’d want that for you!"

He suffered a heart attack in 2004 leading to a temporary loss of his speaking ability.

Jim Steinman Wife

Jim Steinman always maintained a private life about his personal life. There isn't any information about his relationship status is not available. It is not clear whether he was married on not. Any developments about his personal life will be updated here. 

Jim Steinman Height

Legendary composer and songwriter Steinman stood at a height of 1.82 m i.e. 5 feet and 11 inches tall. He had an average body build. His sexual orientation was reportedly straight. His eye color was dark brown and his hair color was blonde (greyish-white with age).

Jim Steinman Net Worth

Jim Steinman spent five decades in the music industry. Having started his career as a composer and lyricist, he worked for numerous musical artists over the years. There are several top hit songs composed, written, arranged, or produced by Steinman. Having spent the majority of his life in music, he made his fortune from the same. Around the time of his death, his net worth is estimated at $10 million.

Did You Know?

  • He has Jewish ancestry.
  • Steinman won Newsday's American History essay contest for his essay on the three greatest American inventions.
  • He played piano and percussion.
  • His work includes songs in the adult contemporary, rock and roll, dance, pop, musical theater, and film score genres.
  • In 1985, Steinman wrote, composed, and produced a theme song for WWF performer Hulk Hogan.
  • The LA Times describes him as the "Richard Wagner of Rock and Roll".