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Four Time Grammy Winner Pat Benatar

Born Patricia Andrzejewski on January 10, 1953, in Brooklyn, Benatar began singing regularly in the New York City area by the '70s, where she was discovered at the Catch a Rising Star club and signed by Chrysalis Records. Backed by guitarist Neil Giraldo(whom she married) she was able to effortlessly alternate between rockers and ballads. Benatar's debut album, 1979's In the Heat of the Night, gave us the hits "Heartbreaker" and "I Need a Lover" ( which was written by a then-unknown John Cougar Mellencamp).

Crimes of Passion released in 1980 , more than delivered on her debut's promise and it's regarded as the finest recording of her career. With "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Treat Me Right," and "You Better Run," fueling the album it went platinum soon after its release. It should be noted here by now Guitarist Neil Giraldo was taking much control behind the scenes. Benatar also earned several Grammy Awards in the early and mid 80's.

In 1980 she won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal performace, she followed that up by nabbing the Grammy in this category for the next three years. In 1991 she released her first R&B/ Blues album, True Love. She released two more hits and a flood of collections hit the stores for the next five years. Benatar returned to recording in 2003, with Go, her first studio LP since 1997 and accompanied it with an extensive tour, that delighted Benatar Fans everywhere.

Pat and Neil currently live in Hawaii with their two children and are involved in multiple projects.

Galswguitars, The Cover Zone © October 2005

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