Patricia Mae Andrejewski (aka Pat Benatar) was born in
Brooklyn, NY. She began voice lessons early in life, performing at
school functions (on stage, in the choir, etc.). At 19, Pat
dropped out of school to marry her high school sweetheart, Dennis
Benatar. Dennis was in the Army, so the couple moved around.
By the time Pat Benatar's music career starting taking off, the couple
was stationed in Virginia. Pat eventually quit her job as a bank
teller and began making money as a lounge singer, where she began
singing with a local band named Coxon's Army. Coxon's Army did
have some local success. After Dennis Benatar was released from
the Army, the couple moved back to New York where Pat began a three year
stint as a regular singer at a New York club called Catch a Rising Star
(in the mid 1970's).
It wasn't until 1976, when Pat Benatar began performing
in a rock musical called The Zinger, did she began singing rock
and roll. It was performances around this rock persona that
eventually landed Pat Benatar a record deal with Chrysalis. Her
first full fledged rock album,
In the Heat of the Night, was released in 1979. It
was this album that featured the hit song "Heartbreaker". Her
follow up release, Crimes of Passion (1980), not only brought her
success with the hit song "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", but also earned
her a Grammy award the same year. In 1981, Pat Benatar released
Precious Time, which featured the songs "Fire and Ice" and "You
Better Run" (the video for this song became the second music video to be
aired by MTV).
Benatar continued her success. Other songs you will
remember: "Shadows of the Night" (from Get Nervous, 1982),
"Love is a Battlefield" (from Live from Earth, 1983), "We Belong"
(from Tropico, 1984), "Invincible" (from Seven the Hard Way,
1984) and "All Fired Up" (from Wide Awake in Dreamland, 1988).
Pat Benatar did continue producing throughout the 1990's, but only
released one new album since 1997 (at the time of this writing, anyway).
The Pat Benatar Discography is currently as follows:1979: In the Heat of the Night
1980: Crimes of Passion
1981: Precious Time
1982: Get Nervous
1983: Live from Earth
1985: Seven the Hard Way
1988: Wide Awake in Dreamland
1989: Best Shots
1991: True Love
1993: Gravity's Rainbow
2001: Best of Volume 1 and 2
2002: Classic Masters Pat Benatar
2005: Greatest Hits
2008: Pat Benatar Ultimate Collection
2009: Pat Benatar 10 Great Songs