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Giorgio Moroder

Moroder made his first steps in music in Berlin by releasing a few singles under the name "Giorgio" beginning in 1966, singing inItalian, Spanish, English, and German. He came to prominence in 1969, when his recording "Looky Looky", released on AriolaRecords, was awarded a gold disc in October 1970.

He then began making a name for himself in studios around Germany in the early 1970s. Often collaborating with lyricist PeteBellotte, Moroder had a number of hits in his own name including "Son of My Father" in 1972 before releasing the synthesizer-driven From Here to Eternity, ...read more

Moroder made his first steps in music in Berlin by releasing a few singles under the name "Giorgio" beginning in 1966, singing inItalian, Spanish, English, and German. He came to prominence in 1969, when his recording "Looky Looky", released on AriolaRecords, was awarded a gold disc in October 1970.

He then began making a name for himself in studios around Germany in the early 1970s. Often collaborating with lyricist PeteBellotte, Moroder had a number of hits in his own name including "Son of My Father" in 1972 before releasing the synthesizer-driven From Here to Eternity, a notable chartbuster in 1977, and in the following year releasing "Chase", the theme from thefilm Midnight Express. These songs achieved some chart success in the United Kingdom, the United States, and acrossEurope, and everywhere disco-mania was spreading.

The full film score for Midnight Express won him his first Academy Award for best film score in 1978. In 1979, Moroder releasedhis album E=MC². Text on the album's cover stated that it was the "first electronic live-to-digital album." He also releasedthree albums between 1977–1979 under the name Munich Machine.

In 1984, Moroder worked with Philip Oakey of The Human League to make the album Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder; whichwas a UK singles chart hit with "Together in Electric Dreams", title track to the 1984 film Electric Dreams. The same year sawhim collaborating with Kajagoogoo frontman Limahl for their worldwide hit "Neverending Story". In 1986, Moroder collaboratedwith his protégé Harold Faltermeyer (of "Axel F.") and lyricist Tom Whitlock to create the score for the film Top Gun (1986)which included Kenny Loggins' hit "Danger Zone and Berlin's "Take My Breath Away".

He also wrote the theme song to the film Over The Top (film) "Meet Me Half Way" which was also performed by KennyLoggins. "Chase" was also used as an entrance theme for wrestling's group The Midnight Express. In 1987, Moroder producedFalco's song "Body Next to Body".

In 1997, Moroder and Donna Summer won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for the song "Carry On".

On 20 September 2004 Moroder was honored at the Dance Music Hall of Fame ceremony, held in New York, when he wasinducted for his many outstanding achievements and contributions as producer. In 2005, he was given the title ofCommendatore by the then President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. On September 5, 2010 Moroder receivedthe Great Order of Merit of the South Tyrol.

In 2013, it was revealed that Moroder had been working with Daft Punk as a collaborator on their fourth studio album RandomAccess Memories; admitting that he had been a fan of their song "One More Time" before working with the group. His voiceand story is featured on the album's track "Giorgio by Moroder".

Throughout much of his musical career, Moroder has been involved in soundtrack work for various motion pictures.

In 1978, he wrote the Academy Award-winning soundtrack to Midnight Express, which featured one of his best-known pieces,"Chase".

In 1980, he composed and produced two film soundtrack albums: the first for Foxes and the second for American Gigolo. Adouble album of the Foxes soundtrack was released on the disco label Casablanca Records which includes Donna Summer's hitsingle "On the Radio", which Moroder both produced and co-wrote. The American Gigolo soundtrack featured the Moroder. produced Blondie's "Call Me", a US and UK number one hit. All singles from the album also went to number two for five weekson the disco/dance charts.

In 1982 he wrote the soundtrack of the movie Cat People, including the hit single "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" featuringDavid Bowie.

In 1983, Moroder produced the soundtrack for the film Scarface. During its initial release, the album was only available in afew countries and strictly through import in the United States. Notable Moroder-produced tracks included "Scarface (Push Itto the Limit)" by Paul Engemann, "Rush Rush" by Debbie Harry, and "She's on Fire" by Amy Holland. In 2006, the soundtrackwas featured in the game Scarface: The World Is Yours, which is based on the film and also includes some previously-unreleased instrumentals by Moroder.

In 1984, Moroder compiled a new restoration and edit of the silent film Metropolis (1927) and provided it with a contemporarysoundtrack. This soundtrack includes seven pop music tracks from Pat Benatar, Jon Anderson, Adam Ant, Billy Squier,Loverboy, Bonnie Tyler and Freddie Mercury. He also integrated the old-fashioned intertitles into the film as subtitles as ameans of improving continuity, and he also increased the film's frame to 24 frames a second. Since the original speed wasunknown this choice was controversial. Known as the "Moroder version", it sparked debate among film buffs, with outspokencritics and supporters of the film falling into equal camps.

Moroder also scored other films in the 1970s and 1980s, including Flashdance, The Never Ending Story, Thief of Hearts,Electric Dreams, Cat People and Over the Top.In 2002, he wrote the score for Leni Riefenstahl's final film, Impressionen unter Wasser, a marine documentary.In an interview in May 2012, Moroder said he is collaborating on a little "rap" on the upcoming Daft Punk album, RandomAccess Memories. « hide

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LPs
Metropolis
1984

3.5
4 Votes
From Here to Eternity
1977

4
13 Votes
EPs
Chase
1978

5
2 Votes

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