Casey Kasem reminded me this morning that Meat Loaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" (and indeed all of Bat Out of Hell) was produced by Todd Rundgren, not the ubiquitous Jim Steinman. I think of Rundgren as churning out finely wrought, concise Beatlesque pop, while Meat Loaf, of course, purveys that big, bombastic, theatrical sound. I wonder what Todd thinks of his old protege now.
Meat Loaf, by the way, who was born Marvin Lee Aday, changed his government name in 2001 to Michael Lee Aday. Your guess is as good as mine.
Anyway, I also recently learned that Jim Steinman didn't sing his 1981 hit "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" (and don't dreams usually come true? Are they coming through the sewer pipe, like Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption?), but rather it was some schmo named Rory Dodd. Dodd is also the guy who keeps saying "Turn around" on Bonnie Tyler's Steinman-produced "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
So I got to thinking, which other Top Forty hits are credited to solo artists who are not the vocalist? I've got Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," with vocals by future Starship singer Mickey Thomas, and there was a 1987 Kenny G hit, "Don't Make Me Wait for Love," (unheard by me) with vocals by Lenny Williams. Quincy Jones had a hit called "Stuff Like That" from 1978, with vocals by Ashford & Simpson and Chaka Khan, and 1981's "Ai No Corrida," vocals by Dune; I know the latter but not the former.
But I can't find any others. Grover Washington Jr.'s "Just the Two of Us" was credited to "Grover Washington Jr. (with Bill Withers)," according to my source material. All of Carlos Santana's hits were credited to the group Santana. I'm sure there must be others; can anyone come up with one?