14 June 2011
"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" was first released in 1977 on the album Bat Out of Hell, with vocals by the American musician Meat Loaf. It is most notable for its unique structure and length, and has become a classic rock radio staple. Paradise by the Dashboard Light is one of the longest songs to be put uncut on one side of a 45 RPM record.
The woman's voice on the record is Ellen Foley, but she was replaced on tour with Karla DeVito. Their performances were sexually charged, but it was an act, as Meat Loaf was happily married. Foley has been in various movies, including Fatal Attraction, Married To The Mob, and Cocktail. She was also on the TV show Night Court until she was replaced by Markie Post.
Below: Meat Loaf & Megan Mullally perform Paradise By The Dashboard Light on the Megan Mullally Show. This is a softer version of the song along with a little Meat Loaf history.
Meat Loaf singing his orginal "Paradise" on Youtube.
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