One-Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1981 – Jim Steinman

“Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through” by Jim Steinman


Jim Steinman is best known for writing and producing Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell albums, as well as Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, Air Supply’s “Making Love out of Nothing at All” and Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”.

Early in the production of a follow-up album to Bat out of Hell, Meat Loaf developed vocal problems and was unable to continue on the project. Steinman proceeded with the album, released as Bad for Good in 1981. Most songs from this album were sung by Steinman himself. He ended up scoring a hit with “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through”, which peaked at #32 on August 15, 1981. A rock vocalist named Rory Dodd actually sang the song. But, he was uncredited for this song, and Steinman got the credit. This was the closest hit that Steinman was credited for as a singer. He has gone on to other producing and writing successes, especially with Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell in 1993. Meat Loaf sang “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through” on that album.

Jim Steinman Version

Meat Loaf Version

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