Singers » Rock Singers » PAT BENATAR
|Full name||: Pat Benatar|
|Alias||: Pat Benatar|
|Address||: Brooklyn, New York, U.S|
|Animals||: The Snake|
|Husband||: Dennis Benatar, Neil Giraldo|
|Education||: reet Elementary School Lindenhurst Senior High School State University of New York at Stony Brook|
|Activists||: Rock Singers|
A rock sensation, Pat Benatar has gained a cult status in the rock-n-roll music industry. Four times Grammy award winner with six platinum and four gold albums to her credit, she created a rage among the audience with her impeccable talent and soulful renditions. Interestingly, this artistically endowed rock superstar had once musical abilities that were limited to classical and theatrical. It was Neil Giraldo’s, her future husband, aggressive playing technique that helped her unleash the inner rock star from within. Benatar’s moment to fame came when she performed for the comedy club, Catch A Rising Star. Her outstanding abilities and octave voice earned her a record deal with the Chrysalis Records and what followed was a history in making. Right from her debut album, she gave hits after hits, thus winning four consecutive Grammy Awards from 1980 to 1983. Additionally, she was nominated four more times during the 1980s.
Post marriage, she relocated to Virginia along with her soldier husband. Meanwhile, she took up the role of a bank teller and housewife. However, the profile did not suit her taste and in 1973, she quit the same.
Pursuing her singing career, she bagged the job of a singing waitress at The Roaring Twenties, a night club. Next she got a gig for singing at a lounge band Coxon’s Army, which was a regular at various happening clubs of the city.
In 1974, she came up with her first and only single of this period, ‘Day Gig’ which was locally released in Richmond. The song was written and produced by Phil Coxon, the leader of the band.
It was in the following year that she earned her big break at an amateur night at a comedy club, Catch A Rising Star in New York. Her version of Judy Garland’s ‘Rock-a-Bye Your Baby’ was appreciated so much so that she received a call back.
The same year, she received the role of Zephyr in Harry Chapin's futuristic rock musical, The Zinger. The first performance was scheduled to take place at the Performing Art’s Foundation Playhouse in Huntington Station, Long Island.
Shifting base to New York, she became a regular at the comedy club, Catch A Rising Star for three years. She earned her first standing ovation at the Halloween night in 1977. Dressed as a cat woman of the moon, she gave a scintillating performance at the comedy club.
Her increasing popularity and singing acumen earned her offers to record commercial jingles for Pepsi Cola and regional concerns. Her four-day performance at the New York City’s Tramps nightclub was much appreciated and revered, making headlines.
Her impressive performance and outstanding singing talent earned her a contract with the Chrysalis Records in 1977. Immediately thereafter, she met Neil Geraldo, a hard-charging rock guitarist whose licks gave her the exact sound she'd been looking for.
In 1979, she released her debut album, ‘In The Heat of the Night’ with assistance from Geraldo. The album became a major hit with two of its singles, ‘Heartbroken’ and ‘I Need a Lover’ being astronomically successful. The album reached a multi-platinum status.
The ravishing success of her debut album led her to release her next Grammy award winning album, ‘Crimes of Passion’ in 1980. The album instantly zoomed to become platinum, thus cementing her position as a rock singer. The singles, ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’, ‘Treat me Right’ and ‘You Better Run’ were major blockbusters.
Banking on the success of her first two albums, she released ‘Precious Time’ - her third offering in August 1981. It replicated the success of its predecessors by topping the charts, thus becoming her third album to do so. It exceeded platinum status with the singles, ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘Promises in the Dark’ being major hits.
Year 1982 witnessed the release of her fourth album, ‘Get Nervous’. The album peaked at the number 4 status, selling over a million copies. Its single ‘Shadow of the Night’ was a major hit.
In 1983, she released her first performance album, ‘Live From Earth’. While the single, ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ escalated to the number 5th position on the charts, the album slowly moved up the rank to remain at number 13.
In 1985, she released two albums, ‘Tropico’ and ‘Seven The Hard Way’. While the former reached the number 14 status at the US charts, the latter was stocked up at the number 26 position.
In 1987, she came up with her first compilation album titled, ‘Best Shots’ which was released in UK. The album reached the number 6 position on the UK charts and soon became a best-seller. Two years later, the album is released in US gaining gold status.
‘True Love’, a blues-oriented album, released in 1991 and marked her first release for the decade of 1990s. The album was well appreciated and received and gained a gold status.
Redefining her style and sound, in 1993, she came up with yet another release, ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’. The album was followed up by the 1994 released album, ‘All Fired Up: The Very Best of Pat Benatar. It was a compilation album and featured the best of her songs.
In 1995, she went for her first major tour of the US. She also took her band to Japan and Australia. The overwhelming response from the tour inspired her to tour regularly.
In 1997, she signed a deal with a new record company, CMC International and released her brand new album, ‘Innamorata’. Following the release, she toured extensively promoting her album. Though the album was well-received, it struggled to match the standards set by her earlier works.
Following five years of gap during which she came up with an album of live recordings and a compilation, she released an original and new album titled ‘Go’ in 2003. It is her last released original album till date.
Pat Benatar was born as Patricia Mae Andrzejewski to a Polish father, Andrew and Irish mother, Mildred. While her father was a sheet metal worker, he mother worked as a beautician.
From an early age, she developed a fantasy for fine arts, especially theatre. She even attained voice lessons to mould her voice quality.
It was at the age of eight that she gave her first solo performance at Daniel Street Elementary School.
Her involvement with theatre and singing heightened when she got admission at the Linderhurst Senior High School. She not only took part in the musical theatre, but was also seen marching and performing solo.
Since she spent most of her growing up years in Manhattan, her musical talent was limited to classical and theatrical. She had very little knowledge about the rock scene.
Destined to take up a classical career, she surprized her parents, friends and teachers by opting out of the same to take up health education at the State University in New York. However, she did not continue in the same for long and dropped out after a year.
She dropped out of the State University in New York after a year of studies to marry her high-school love interest, Dennis Benatar, an army draftee who served with the Army Security Agency at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. In 1979, the couple separated from each other eventually leading to divorce.
Post her divorce from Dennis Benatar, she committed herself to Neil Giraldo, a guitarist and producer. The two went into the wedlock on February 20, 1982. The couple has been blessed with two children - both daughters.
In 2010, she came up with her autobiography titled Between a Heart and a Rock Place, which gave a detailed account of her life and success in the music industry.
In the decade of 1980s, she was nominated eight times in the category of Best Female Rock Performance of which she won four consecutive Grammy awards for the album ‘Crimes of Passion’, and the songs ‘Fire and Ice’, ‘Shadows of the Night’ and ‘Love is a Battlefield’.
In addition to her eight nominations in the category of Best Female Rock Performance, she earned two more nominations in the categories, ‘Best Pop Vocal Performance’ in 1984 and ‘Best Rock Vocal Performance, Duo or Group’ in 1986.
Other than Grammy awards, she is the proud recipient of three American Music Awards: Favorite Female Pop/Rock Vocalist of 1981 and 1983, and Favorite Female Pop/Rock Video Artist of 1985
In 2008, she was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at the Second Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala.