"From Rizzuto is the announcer who provides the play-by-play commentary during the long spoken bridge in Meat Loaf's 1977 song "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." Ostensibly an account of a baseball sequence, it actually describes the singer's step-by-step efforts to engage in coitus with a young woman (voiced by actress and singer Ellen Foley). When Rizzuto recorded his piece, he reportedly was not aware of how his spoken contribution would be used. When the song broke, Rizzuto said his parish priest called him in shock. However, "Phil was no dummy", said singer Meat Loaf. "He knew exactly what was going on, and he told me such. He was just getting some heat from a priest and felt like he had to do something. I totally understood." Years later, Rizzuto would laughingly retell the story saying he got snookered by Meat Loaf, but he had a good attitude about it and when Meat Loaf asked him to go on tour with him, Rizzuto was flattered but declined, jokingly saying that Cora would "kill him" if he did. Rizzuto was given a gold record for the album."
: Hello, cats! Congratulations to the Houston
: Astros (formerly the Colt 45's) on winning
: the World Series. Now on to footbal: exactly
: 48 years ago Mel & Tim had
: "Backfield in Motion" on the
: charts. It has a football-related title, but
: has a baseball-related phrase in it. What is
: it, and what other hit songs have something
: to do with baseball?
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