Meat Loaf was born Michael Lee Aday. He was the first child of police officer father Orvis and schoolteacher mother, Wilma.
In 1967, Meat Loaf left Texas and moved to Los Angeles where he started working as a bouncer at a nightclub. It was in LA that Meat Loaf formed his first band, Meat Loaf Soul. It was during the recording of their first song that Meat Loaf hit a note so high that he managed to blow a fuse on the recording monitor which immediately led to an offer of three separate recording contracts – all of which he turned down.
Bono – Paul David Hewson
David Bowie – David Robert Jones
David Crosby – David Van Cortland
Alice Cooper – Vincent Damon Furnier
Elvis Costello – Declan McManus
Bo Didley – Othas Elass Bates McDaniel
Bob Dylan – Robert Zimmerman
Davis Essex – David Cook
Daryl Hall – Daryl Franklyn Hohl
If you want to be a rock star get born in June. You’ll be in the company of a Beatle, a Rolling Stone and a Beach Boy, let alone Rock’s greatest guitarist, Jeff Beck.
Ronnie Wood: June 1st 1947
Ronald David Wood was born in Hillingdon into a family of Water Gypsies or Bargees. His two elder brothers were into art and music and Ronnie followed their lead, first appearing on stage at the age of 9 playing washboard in a skiffle band – from there it was music all the way, leading eventually to The Faces and The Rolling Stones.
Steve Marriott – 30th January 1947 to 20th April 1991.
Born in East London, Marriott was a child actor who disappointed his parents when he turned to music as a career. With his East End friends, Ronnie Lane and Kenney Jones he formed the highly influential band Small Faces (they were all no taller than 5’ 6”). In another Led Zeppelin link, Jimmy Page was said to have admired Marriott’s voice and brought (Small Faces fan) Robert Plant into the band because of the similarity in their voices. Despite his undoubted genius as a white soul singer, bad management, and a drink and drugs fuelled lifestyle meant that he was constantly short of funds and hounded by the Inland Revenue. After forming and breaking Humble Pie with Peter Frampton and launching various new bands including the aptly (and jokingly) named Steve Marriott and the Official Receivers, he died in a fire at his Essex home. He was 44.