A prolific songwriter, he was most known for his collaboration with Meatloaf, writing classics like Paradise by the Dashboard Light, and Two Out of Three Ain't Bad. But he also wrote for other singers such as Bonnie Tyler (Total Eclipse of the Heart and Holding Out for a Hero), Air Supply (Making Love Out of Nothing at All), and Celine Dion (It's All Coming Back to Me Now).
I've said more than once, the "artist" of today suck. Part of it is I'm am a child of the 70/80s, when the music was great. And the other is people from back then actually had talent. Sorry, singing "you're a bitch, you're a ho!" for three minutes is not music, or art. Barely qualifies as sustainable noise. But for men like Steinman, he was a talent rarely seen. He was the man behind the artist, he put the words in the artist mouth, the music in front of the musician's instrument. And he will be deeply missed.
As a final tribute, I would like to post a lesser know example of his work. In 1984, Streets of Fire premiered, a Rock and Roll Fable. Steinman songs were not three minutes and a few seconds. His were at least six. Well, this movie didn't make a fortune, but it showed two great actors in their early career (Rick Moranis and Willem Dafoe), and featured two kick ass songs. The first, Nowhere Fast, from the beginning of the movie. And this classic of rock noir, Tonight Is What It Means Yo Be Young. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.