Pat Benatar

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Known for her operatic voice and ‘tough girl’ attitude, Pat Benatar won four consecutive Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female” from 1980 to 1983, and was nominated four additional times in 1985, 1986, 1988, and 1989.

Born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski in Brooklyn, NY, Pat grew up in Lindenhurst where she initially studied opera like her mother. She married Dennis Benatar in 1971, the source of the surname with which she became famous – though her actual career began after they had divorced. She was discovered at an amateur-night contest in the New York City comedy club Catch a Rising Star in 1977, and was signed to Chrysalis Records by its founder Terry Ellis.

The hits began with Benatar’s very first single, “Heartbreaker,” which was released in October 1979 and quickly climbed to #23 in the US. The follow-up LP, In the Heat of the Night reached #12, and established the Long Islander as a new force in rock. Two more hit singles followed before August 1980, when Benatar released her second LP, Crimes of Passion, featuring her signature song “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” The single was her first to break the US Top 10 and reach gold record status. The album reached #2 in early 1981, and remained on the US album charts for 93 weeks.

Precious Time, released in August 1981, topped the charts in the US and broke the Top 40 in the UK. The album’s lead single, “Fire and Ice,” was another big hit, and would win Benatar her second Grammy® Award.
In February 1982, Benatar married her lead guitarist Neil Giraldo and released the hit single “Shadows of the Night” earning her yet another Grammy®. The follow-up LP, Get Nervous, released in January 1983, was also a success.

By 1983, Benatar had established a reputation for writing about ‘tough’ subject matter. The biggest hit of her career, “Love Is a Battlefield,” released in December, kept the trend alive with great results. The single hit Top Ten in the US, jumped into the UK and Australian Top 40, and would net her fourth consecutive Grammy®. The live album, Live from Earth, from which “Love Is a Battlefield” was one of two studio recorded tracks, hit US #13.

Pat Benatar and eil Geraldo continue to write and tour, playing to sell-out crowds. Audiences continue to be amazed by the power in the voice of Long Island’s Pat Benatar, nearly 30-years after since she first hit us with her best shot.

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