Motown’s recent 50th anniversary celebration meant little to Meat Loaf — even though the “Bat Out of Hell” singer has a small chapter in the Detroit label’s history.
Loaf (real name Marvin Lee Aday) and Shaun “Stoney” Murphy, later to become one of Bob Seger’s backup singers, recorded an album called “Stoney & Meatloaf” for Motown in 1971, when both were appearing in a production of “Hair” at the Fisher Theatre. The album did little at the time, though Motown re-released it after Loaf’s multi-platinum “Bat” success in 1977-78.
“They (Motown) never contact me or anything like that,” says the Texas native, who’s currently promoting his latest album, “Hang Loose, Teddy Bear.” “I had a knock-down, drag-out fight with Berry Gordy way back when, so he doesn’t include me in anything.”
The battle was over from the album, “Who is the Leader of the People,” that Gordy decided to re-cut with Edwin Starr singing lead rather than Loaf and Murphy. “If you listen to it, you still hear me and Stoney; they left all our background vocals that we did on it and just put Edwin Starr’s voice on top,” Loaf, 62, explains.
“Motown was just crazy. We’d get a call and they’d say, ‘OK, we cut a track (instrumentally), come in and do the vocal. We didn’t get to choose the songs — I got to choose one I wanted to do and Stoney got to choose one. But we were in the middle of this Motown thing and we both wanted to rock, so it really wasn’t the best fit.”
Meat Loaf and Lisa Bouchelle perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino-Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $55-$110. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
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