In 1953, Pat Benatar was born in Brooklyn, New York to Mildred Knapp andAndrew Andrzejewski. As a young girl, Pat Benatar moved with her family to Virginiawhere she met and married her high school sweetheart, Dennis Benatar, in 1972.
Whilein Virginia, her husband Dennis enlisted in the Army and she joined a local band as thelead singer. After Dennis was discharged from the Army, they moved together to NewYork City so Benatar could pursue her career to be a singer and songwriter. She beganattending open-mics and working the club scenes. One of those clubs turned out to beinstrumental in launching her career.
While performing at ?Catch A Rising Star,? onHalloween night in 1977, she was discovered by Chrysalis Records, who quickly signedher to a recording contract. As time went on however, Benatar’s marriage began tounravel and they decided to divorce in 1979. Once Pat signed her contract, she needed members to complete her band. Whilesearching for these various artists, she met Neil Giraldo.
He later became the leadguitarist in Benatar’s band and also the lead love in her heart. After a few years of beingtogether, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo quietly wed in 1982. Navarro 2 Although her first released single was not very successful, her second single”Heartbreaker” became a big hit and put her on the musical map. Her fame reallyskyrocketed, however, when she released her second album, ?Crimes of Passion, ?whichwon Benatar the award of ?Rock’s Premier Female Vocalist. ?Her three biggest hit singlesfrom ?Crimes of Passion?, was “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Treat Me Right” and “YouBetter Run”.
It also featured a controversial song called “Hell is for Children”, that shewrote after being inspired about a story she heard about abuse among foster children.Benatar was also nominated for a Grammy Award, an astonishing eight times for ?BestFemale Rock Performance, ?which was a huge deal! After nearly two decades of fame, Benatar decided to go on a world tour in 1995with a variety of other rock bands, including Fleetwood Mac, REO Speedwagon, andOrleans. To her surprise, the world tour was a huge success and she tried to make abig comeback in 1997, by signing a new record deal with CMC International Records.But sadly, even after a successful world tour and a great history of hit songs, the newrecord struggled to become successful. Despite her most recent failure, Benatar has had a very impressive music career.According to thefamouspeople.com, throughout Pat Benetars career she has had eight#1 singles, four Grammy Awards for “Crimes of Passion”, “Fire and Ice”, “Shadows ofthe Night” and “Love is a Battlefield”. Benatar has produced ten platinum and three goldalbums, and has been inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
However, evenafter all of these accomplishments and her huge contribution to the History of Rock n’Roll, Benatar has yet to be inducted into the ?Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame?. Personally, I feel Navarro 3 Pat Benatar should have that prestigious honor after all that she has done in the musicindustry. She has had to fight throughout her career and has had to overcome failuresto do the kind of music she wanted and gain the respect she deserves as a female Rockn’ Roll artist. One of my favorite Pat Benatar songs is “Heartbreaker”. I apparently am notalone.
According to Steve Peake, the song “Heartbreaker”, is one of her most popular.After listening to the song, I realized that I have heard it before. It has been used indozens of movies and television shows, as well as in the video games ?Rock Band ?andGuitar Hero?. When I heard the name Pat Benatar, I always thought she was a solo act.I never realized that she had the same band members backing her up on her recordingsand concerts since the early 1980’s. Now when I listen to her music, I can hear theother members of her band and it shows how important their contribution was to themaking of her hits. In many of her songs you can hear her husband, Neil Giraldo,playing long guitar solos, and Myron Grombacher playing the drums, Charlie Giordanoon the keyboard, and Mick Mahen on the bass.
Without their contributions andcollaboration, the whole aspects of her songs would change entirely. This is just anotherexample of how great of an artist Pat Benatar is. She understood the importance ofcreating a cohesive sound when she hand-picked each of these individuals. Pat Benatar is an icon for both women and for Rock n’ Roll itself. Shedeserves to be recognized for all of her accomplishments. Pat Benatar fought hard togain respect as a women in the Rock n’ Roll industry.
You can see the common themeof empowerment to women in all of her songs. Her lyrics encourage women to stand up Navarro 4 and fight for what is right. The sound of those songs were pure Rock n’ Roll andbecame a big influence to future artists. Even though she has yet to be inducted into theRock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame?,? I have faith that she will get there one day.
Pat Benatar isthe perfect candidate for an inductee. She started small, but worked hard and became arock and roll icon. She has several hit songs, she is a four-time Grammy award winnerand has sold more than 30 million records worldwide. My only questions is, whywouldn’t she be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame? When I think of Rock n’ Roll, I think ofPat Benatar and everything she has contributed.
I hope her time will come to behonored for the amazing artist she truly is.