Pat Benatar (Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, January 10, 1953) is an American singer and songwriter. Winner of four Grammy Awards.
Pat Benatar is a renowned rock singer and songwriter with international hits such as Love Is a Battlefield, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, We Belong and Heartbreaker. Her success was mostly in the United States in the 1980s.
Pat Benatar was born in Brooklyn to a Polish-Irish family and spent his early years in Lindenhurst, New York. He began studying singing, following in his mother’s footsteps. She graduated from Lindenhurst High School in 1971 and the following year married Dennis T. Benatar, the boyfriend she met in high school, thus assuming the surname for which she would become famous in the future.
She and her husband moved to Richmond, Virginia, where she found a job as a bank secretary while performing at night as a singer in a nightclub. In 1975 the couple returned to New York, where they divorced shortly thereafter. She then began seriously trying to find professional success as a singer.
In 1977 she was discovered during a competition for amateur artists at the Catch a Rising Star Club in New York. After performing successfully at the club on numerous occasions, she finally managed to find the right character to bring to the stage thanks to an extravagant Halloween costume.
Thanks to that performance she got a record deal from the manager and founder of Chrysalis Records, Terry Ellis. She later married her band’s first guitarist Neil Giraldo, with whom she had two daughters, Haley and Hana.
Throughout his career, his sound gradually softened from the hard rock of his early days to songs rich in pop suggestions (such as «Love is a Battlefield» and » We Belong «) , with an occasional successful foray into the blues represented by the album «True Love». She won four consecutive Grammy Awards for «Best Female Rock Performer» from 1980 to 1983 receiving nominations four more times in 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1989. In 2008, she was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
His best songs and albums
The first single «Heartbreaker» was released in late 1979 and achieved immediate success, reaching #23 on the U.S. chart.
In August 1980, Benatar released Crimes Of Passion, his second studio album, which contains «Hit Me with Your Best Shot» , one of his most famous songs, and the controversial «Hell is for Children» was inspired by reading a series of articles in the New York Times about the phenomenon of child sexual abuse in the United States. «Hit Me with Your Best Shot» is their first single to enter the top ten on the chart and sold over 4 million copies in the United States alone. Also taken from the album are the singles «Treat Me Right» and «You Better Run» which would later become famous because the related video would be the second to be aired on MTV immediately after the Buggles’ «Video Killed The Radio Star«.
Pat Benatar’s first and only album to reach the top of the charts is Precious Time, released in August 1981. It is also the first to enter the UK chart, where it reaches the 30th position. the album’s first single, is another big hit and earns Pat Benatar her second Grammy Award, again in the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance category in 1981.
Towards the end of 1982, the release of the single «Shadows of the Night» heralds the release of the new album entitled Get Nervous. The album proved to be another huge hit and reached the fourth spot on the U.S. chart, while the single allowed Pat Benatar to win the Grammy Award again in the category «Best Female Rock Vocal Performance» for 1982.
And we come to «Love is a Battlefield«, the biggest hit of his career, released in December 1983. the biggest hit of their career, released in December 1983. Their sounds had been softening little by little, going from the hard rock of the beginnings to definitely more pop atmospheres. However, this change proved to be a harbinger of success. The song earns Pat Benatar his fourth consecutive Grammy Award. «Love is a Battlefield» is included as an unreleased on Live From Earth, a live album that reached #13 on the U.S. chart.
The album Tropico, released in late 1984, is Pat Benatar’s first album to fail to enter the top 10 of the chart, reaching only No. 14. From the album, however, is taken the hit single «We Belong» which is among the top 5.
Pat Benatar returned to the top of the charts in 1985 with the single «Invincible» going to position 10, while «Sex as a Weapon«, the second single, goes to position 10. Seven The Hard Way, the album from which they are taken, reached the 26th position on the chart and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. It was the first album that, in addition to not containing any songs written by her, recently mother, did not reach platinum status in the United States.
After a period of reflection dedicated to family, in 1988 she returned to the studio for this album. «All Fired Up» , the first single from this album written by Kerryn Tolhurst, enters the top 20 of the British and American charts and reaches the 2nd place of the Australian, being one of the biggest hits of 1988 in that country.