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    Pat Benatar Part One

    Pat Benatar Part One

    When I found that she was born in 1953, I knew I had to get here as soon as I could, and now I’m here with Pat Benatar Part One, I’m so happy.

    Patricia Mae Giraldo (née Andrzejewski; birthed January 10, 1953), that goes by the stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, as well as four-time Grammy Award winner. She has two RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums, five platinum albums, three gold albums, and 15 Billboard Top 40 singles,  consisting of the Top 10 hits Hit Me with Your Best Shot, LoveIs a Battlefield, We Belong, andInvincible.
    {Pat| Rub} Benatar


    Benatar performing in 2007


    Patricia Mae Andrzejewski

    January 10, 1953 (age 66).

    Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.


    Dennis Benatar.
    ( m. 1972; div. 1979).
    Neil Giraldo.
    ( m. 1982).


    Haley GiraldoHana Giraldo.

     Music Career


    Rock, hard rock, pop rock.


    Singer, songwriter, musician.


    Vocals, acoustic guitar.

    Years Active

    1972 {present| existing}.


    Chrysalis,CMC International, Bel Chiasso.



    Life And Career

    1953 1978: Early Life And Career Beginnings

    Pat Benatar was born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953, in GreenpointBrooklyn, New York City. Her mother, Mildred (née Knapp) (19282016), was a beautician, and also her father, Andrew Andrzejewski (in the Polish language: Andrzej Andrzejewski) (1926 2009), was a sheet-metal worker. Her father was of Polish descent and her mother was of German, English, and also Irish ancestry. Her family relocated to North Hamilton Avenue in Lindenhurst, New York, a village in the Long Island town of Babylon.
    Benatar became curious about theater and started voice lessons, singing her first solo at the age of eight, at Daniel Street Elementary School, a song called It Must Be Spring. At Lindenhurst Senior High School (1967 1971), she took part in musical theater, playing Queen Guinevere in the school production of Camelot, marching in the homecoming parade, singing at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, and also performing a solo of The Christmas Song on a holiday recording of the Lindenhurst High School Choir in her senior year.

    Pat Benatar performing live in SydneyOctober 22, 2010.

    Benatar trained as a coloratura with strategies to attend the Juilliard School, yet} decided instead to seek health education at Stony Brook University. At 19, after one year at Stony Brook, she dropped out to marry her first husband, high school sweetheart Dennis Benatar, an army draftee that trained at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and afterwards served with the Army Security Agency at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, prior to being stationed at Fort Lee,Virginia, where he was stationed for three years; Pat Benatar worked as a bank teller near Richmond, Virginia.
    In 1971, Benatar quit her job to pursue a singing career after being influenced by a LizaMinnelli concert she saw in Richmond. She obtained a job as singing waitress at a nightclub called The Roaring Twenties and got a gig singing in the lounge band Coxon‘s Army, a regular at Sam Miller‘s basement club. The band was the topic of a never-aired PBS special; its bassist Roger Capps was later the original bass player for the Pat Benatar Band. The period likewise generated Benatar‘s first and only single until her eventual 1979 single (extracted from the album In the Heat of the Night on Chrysalis Records): Day Gig (1974 ), Trace Records, written and also produced by Coxon‘s Army band leader Phil Coxon and locally released in Richmond.
    In 1975, Benatar performed at an amateur night at the comedy club Catch a Rising Star in New York. Her performance of Judy Garland‘s Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With Dixie Melody earned her a call back by club owner Rick Newman, that became her manager.
    The couple relocated to New York following Dennis Benatar‘s discharge from the army, and also Pat Benatar ended up being a regular member at Catch Rising Star for the next three years. In 1975 she landed the part of Zephyr in Harry Chapin‘s futuristic rock musical, The Zingerwhich ran for a month in 1976 at the Performing Arts Foundation‘s (PAF) Playhouse in Huntington Station, Long Island.

    Halloween 1977 proved a critical evening in Benatar‘s early, spandexes phase personality. She entered a Halloween contest at the Cafe Figaro in Greenwich Village dressed as a character from the film Cat-Women of the Moon. Later on that night, she went onstage at Catch a Rising Star still in costume. Between appearances at Catch a Rising Starshe recorded commercial jingles for Pepsi Cola and a variety of regional brand names. She headlined New York City‘s Tramps nightclub for four days in the spring of 1978, where her performance was heard by agents from several record companies. She was signed to Chrysalis Records by co-founder Terry Ellis the following week. Pat Benatar and Dennis Benatar divorced shortly after, yet she kept his last name.

    1979 1981: In the Heat of the Night and Crimes of Passion

    Benatar‘s debut album In the Heat of the Night was released in August 1979, and reached # 12 in the USA in early 1980. Mike Chapman produced three tracks on the album, while engineer Peter Coleman oversaw the remainder. Furthermore, Chapman and  his song-writing partner, Nicky Chinn, composed three songs that appear on the LP, In the Heat of the Night and also If You Think You Know How to Love Me which were previously recorded by Smokie, as well as a rearranged version of a song they composed for Sweet, No You Don’t. The album also included two songs written by Roger Capps and also Benatar, and I Need a Lover written by John Mellencamp and Don’t Let It Show written by Alan Parsons and also Eric Woolfson. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry   of America in December 1980In Canada it was certified 4 × platinum where it peaked at number 3 on the RPM albums char.
    If You Think You Know How to Love Me was the first single to be released on September 14, 1979. However, it was unsuccessful. Benatar‘s second single Heartbreaker was released on October 26, 1979 and became a hit, climbing to # 23 in the USA. third single We Live for Love, which was written by her future husband Neil Giraldo, was released in February 1980, and reached USA # 27.
    In August 1980, Benatar released her LP, Crimes of Passion, including her signature song Hit Me with Your  Best Shot along with the controversial song Hell Is for Children, which was inspired by reading a series of articles in the New York Times regarding child abuse in America. Hit Me With Your Best Shot (USA # 9) was her first single to break the USA Top 10 and sold greater than one million copies (gold status) in the USA. The album peaked for five successive weeks at # 2 in the USA in January 1981 (behind John Lennon‘s and Yoko Ono‘s Double Fantasy) and eventually sold over  five million copies, as well as a month later, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance of 1980 for the album. Other singles released from Crimes of Passion wereTreat Me Right (USA # 18) and also the Rascals cover,You Better Run (USA # 42), which was the second music video ever played on MTV, after the Buggles Video Killed the Radio Star. The album also included changed-tempo cover of Kate Bush‘s Wuthering Heights. Produced by Keith Olsen, Crimes of Passion continued to be on the USA album charts for 93 weeks and in the top 10 for greater than six months, ultimately becoming her first platinum certification by theRIAA. In October 1980, Benatar (along with future husband Neil Giraldo) appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.The album was certified 5x platinum in Canada, her best selling album in that country, where it peaked at number 2 on the album charts.


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