Benatar [née Andrzejewski], Pat(ricia Mae)
- Jessica L. Brown
(b Brooklyn, NY, Jan 10, 1953). American Rock singer. She was initially taught to sing by her mother, an opera singer, but she eventually chose not to pursue a career in classical music. She married Dennis Benatar in 1972 and took health education courses at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with the intention of becoming a teacher. In 1973 she began working as a performing waitress at the Roaring Twenties Café in Enon, Virginia. She later returned to New York to pursue a professional music career and recruited Rick Newman as her manager; he took her to Chrysalis Records to front an all-male rock band. She subsequently married the band’s leader, guitarist, and producer Neil Giraldo in 1982, having divorced her first husband in 1979.
In October 1979 Benatar’s first album, In the Heat of the Night, established her position as a woman in rock and introduced what became her signature sound: tightly constructed pop song structures, Benatar’s classically trained four-and-a-half octave vocal range, and Giraldo’s distorted electric-guitar solos. In ...