Pat Benatar is an American rock music singer. She is a 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. Let’s know more about her through this article.
What is Pat Benatar famous for?
- An American singer, songwriter, actress.
Who are the parents of Pat Benatar?
Recalling her early life, Pat was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. She is of American nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity. Her birth sign is Capricorn. Her mother, Mildred (née Knapp) was a beautician and her father, Andrew Andrzejewski was a sheet-metal worker.
From an early age, she developed a fantasy for fine arts, especially theatre. She even attained voice lessons to mold her voice quality. It was at the age of eight that she gave her first solo performance at Daniel Street Elementary School.
When did Pat Benatar begin her singing career?
- 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 callback.
- 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.
- The 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 the 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 the US gaining gold status.
- ‘True Love’, a blues-oriented album, released in 1991 and marked her first release for the decade of the 1990s. The album was well appreciated and received and gained 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 the 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 to date.
- In November 2015, she recorded and released a holiday song called One December Night.
- In January 2017, She recorded the song Shine to support the Women’s March on January 21st, 2017. This is her first original non-holiday recording in over 10 years.
- In September of the same year, she again teamed with songwriter and producer Linda Perry for the song Dancing Through the Wreckage, which was the lead single from the soundtrack for the documentary Served Like a Girl.
- In 2019, Hit Me With Your Best Shot was used in a Chili’s commercial, promoting their new fajitas and We Belong was used in a Pepsi commercial.
Is Pat Benatar married?
Reflecting on her personal life, Pat was married twice in her life. She was married in 1972 to Dennis Benatar, an army draftee who served with the Army Security Agency at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Their relationship did not last so long as they separated in 1979 leading to their divorce.
After her divorce, She met Neil Giraldo, a guitarist, and producer. The duo wedded on February 20th, 1982. They have been blessed with two daughters and are living together as a family to date.
How much is Pat Benatar worth?
Being a part of the music industry, Pat earns quite an impressive amount of amount and fame through his profession as a singer. Based on some online reports, her estimated net worth said to be $40 million at present. However, her salary is yet to be disclosed.
How tall is Pat Benatar?
Observing her body physics, Pat stands a height of 5 feet 0 inches and weighs around 45 Kg. Her eyes are hazel and hair color is reddish. Her other body information is yet to be disclosed. In the case of disclosed, we will let you know.