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Happy Birthday To Pat Benatar

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Certified Rock Superstar and four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar turns 59 today, born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski in Brooklyn, New York on January 10, 1953.

Pat has long been acknowledged as one of the leading female rock vocalists in the industry.  Her mother was a trained opera singer and Pat almost followed in her footsteps, applying for and being accepted at Julliard when she was a senior in High School.

But classical music, although she certainly had the pipes for it, was not her dream.  She longed to be “the singer in a rockin’ band, like Robert Plant was to Led Zeppelin or Lou Gramm to Foreigner”, she wrote in her 2010 memoir, “Between A Heart And A Rock Place“.

And she also wanted a partnership in music, like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and lucky for us she found it with her introduction and eventual marriage to guitarist Neil Geraldo, with whom she remains today, both personally and professionally.

In fact, she and Neil are on their “The Elements of Five Tour”, which makes it’s way to the Welmont Theater March 1st.

Here she is with the haunting song she was inspired to write after reading a story in the paper about child abuse:

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