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Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar

One good thing about ex-husbands is you can keep their last names - if you want. That's what Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane/Starship did. And so did Patricia Andzejewski (there's a name that will never get by spell check). She is otherwise known as Pat Benatar. She married her high school sweetheart Dennis, but by the late '70s that relationship was just about done.

Benatar was singing in New York's Catch A Rising Star when she caught the attention of club owner Rick Newman who became her manager. Soon Benatar had a contract with Chrysalis Records. Guitarist Neil Giraldo was brought in and he put together a backing band. The first album, "In The Heat Of The Night," featured the blazing single, "Heartbreaker." The second album "Crimes Of Passion" broke through with the song "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." She also scored with "Treat Me Right" which was co-written by Douglas Lubahn, who had played bass on early Doors' LPs.

When MTV rolled along Benatar was there with her "Love Is A Battlefield" video which dealt with the breakdown of relationships and featured a "dancing in the street" sequence. It was one of the more visually striking videos.

Benatar married Giraldo in '82 and he took charge of her career which immediately tanked.

Pat Benatar Discography

"Heartbreaker," "Treat Me Right" and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" are Pat Benatar's signature songs. There's bravado laced with vulnerability. Her first two albums "In The Heat of the Night" and "Crimes of Passion" are the ones to get. "Best Shots" presents Benatar's obvious strengths. Other compilations cover more ground but aren't as compelling.

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