Patricia Mae Giraldo, or Pat Benatar, was born on January 10, 1953, in New York City, the United States. She is a famous American rock singer and songwriter. Benatar has had a very successful career in the music industry, boasting two multi-platinum albums, five platinum albums, and 15 Billboard top 40 singles. She has also sold over 35 million albums worldwide — a true superstar! She is married to the famous musician, Neil Giraldo, and the couple has two daughters. Today is her birthday, and we are going to celebrate her right here.
Patricia Mae Giraldo
January 10, 1953
Patricia Mae Giraldo, known worldwide as Pat Benatar, is an American rock singer and songwriter born in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S. She was raised in Lindenhurst, New York. Her father, Andrew Andrzejewski, was a sheet metal worker, while her mother, Mildred Knapp, worked as a beautician. Benatar showed an interest in music from a very young age and gave her first stage performance at eight at Daniel Street Elementary School. During high school, she participated in theater and Christmas lighting ceremonies, where she sang solos. After high school, she enrolled at Stony Brook University in 1971. However, she dropped out the following year to marry her high school sweetheart, Dennis Benatar. After marriage, the couple moved to Fort Lee, Virginia.
In 1975, Benatar and her husband returned to New York City, where she pursued a career in music. In 1978, she was discovered by the representatives of a record company at a nightclub where she used to perform. Benatar and her husband divorced the next year, in 1979. In the same year, she released her first album, “In the Heat of the Night,” which received wide acclaim. Between 1981 and 2003, she released 10 albums: “Crimes of Passion” (1980), “Precious Time” (1981), “Get Nervous” (1982), “Tropico” (1984), “Seven the Hard Way” (1985), “Wide Awake in Dreamland” (1988), “True Love” (1991), “Gravity’s Rainbow” (1993), “Innamorata” (1997), and “Go” (2003).
Her biggest hit to date, ‘Love is a Battlefield,’ has reached number one on numerous music and won a Grammy award. In 1982, she married songwriter, musician, and guitarist, Giraldo. The couple has two daughters, Haley and Hana. Benatar is very much active in the music scene and, with her guitarist husband, plays to this day.
She drops out after the first year to marry her childhood sweetheart.
She releases her first album, “In The Heat of the Night.”
Benatar wins the Grammy award for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ for the single, ‘Love Is a Battlefield.’
Benatar goes on the road for the twentieth time on the ‘Fired Up! Tour.’
Benatar is nominated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Why We Love Pat Benatar
She is a feminist
Benatar says: “Perhaps in some way, I made the hard path [women] have to walk just a little bit easier.” Hoping that her role in the music industry has helped. She is an inspiration for all the women who aspire to be rock stars.
She supports charities
Benatar has supported numerous charities and foundations during her successful career. She has also headlined charity concerts for various causes. She is aware of her social responsibilities, which makes her even more adorable.
She is versatile
Benatar is a singer, songwriter, and performer. She has also expressed a desire to write a novel after the success of her memoir. This makes her truly versatile and talented.
5 Surprising Facts
She has a memoir
Her memoir, “Between a Heart and a Rock Place,” was published by HarperCollins in 2010.
Her inspiration to pursue music
She was inspired after seeing Liza Minnelli live, which motivated her to pursue a singing career.
Her MT.V. connection
Benatar’s song, ‘You Better Run,’ was the second video ever shown on M.T.V.
Her movie character
The character, Pat Bernado, in the movie "The Fast Times at Ridgemont High," is based on her.
Her jingles for Pepsi
She has written several jingles for the commercials of the cola giant, Pepsi.
Pat Benatar FAQs
Who is Pat Benatar’s lead guitarist?
Her lead guitarist is Neil Giraldo, her husband. He also plays the piano and drums and is also a vocalist.
How many grandkids does Pat Benatar have?
She has two grandchildren from her daughter Haley.
How did Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo meet?
They were introduced to form a professional relationship and soon fell in love.
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