On this day in music history: October 21, 1977 - “Bat Out Of Hell”, the second album by Meat Loaf is released. Produced by Todd Rundgren, it is recorded at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY, Utopia Sound Studios in Lake Hill, NY, The Hit Factory in New York City and The House Of Music in West Orange, NJ from Late 1975 - Late 1976. Fresh off of filming his role in the cult classic musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, Meat Loaf meets Jim Steinman when both are working on the “National Lampoon Show” on Broadway in New York City. Realizing that Meat’s powerful and theatrical voice is the perfect vehicle for his songs, Steinman and Meatloaf become a team, and begin seeking out a record deal. They have a difficult time landing a record deal, with the pair receiving rejections from just about every record label in the business including CBS Records. Record companies tell them that the songs are “too theatrical”, “not commercial” and that “radio will never play it”. Eventually they are signed Cleveland International Records, which is a subsidiary of Epic Records. Cleveland label head Steve Popovich has to push executives at Epic and at radio hard to get behind the album and support it. It is only after the music videos shot for “Bat Out Of Hell” are shown on UK and Australian TV, and the enthusiastic response generated by them that the record finally takes off. It spins off four singles including “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” (#11 Pop) and “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” (#31 Pop). “Bat” ultimately sells over fourteen million copies in the US (more than forty three million worldwide), becoming Meat Loaf’s most successful album, and one of top thirty largest selling catalog titles of all time. The albums sales surge once again during the 90’s after the release of the sequel album “Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell” in 1993. The original album dominates the Billboard Catalog album chart for several weeks, selling several million more units over the decade. It is remastered and reissued as a 24K gold CD as part of Sony Music’s Mastersound gold CD series in 1994, and is remastered and reissued again in 2001 with two live bonus tracks added to the disc. The album is also briefly released as a hybrid SACD, featuring the original stereo mix, and a 5.1 surround remix. And for its 25th anniversary in 2002, “Bat” is reissued as a CD + DVD deluxe edition featuring the 2001 remastering of the album with the same bonus tracks, and the DVD including the original home video release of “Bat Out Of Hell”, several other music videos, and the 5.1 surround mix. Long out of print on vinyl, the LP is reissued by Music On Vinyl in 2014. “Bat Out Of Hell” peaks at number fourteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 14x Platinum in the US, earning a Diamond Certification.