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He was born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder 26 April 1940 in Urtijëi in South Tyrol, Italy. Moroder’s mother called him “Hans-Jörg”, the German version of his first and second names, as while he was growing up they lived in a mixed German, Italian and Ladin-speaking environment in South Tyrol in northern Italy, near the Austrian border. At the time in South Tyrol, a process of Italianization. He made his first steps in music in the Scotch-Club in Aachen and then released a few singles under the name “Giorgio” beginning in 1963 after moving to Berlin, singing in Italian, Spanish, English, and German. When in Munich in the 1970s, he started his own record label called Oasis Records, which several years later became a subdivision of Casablanca Records. He produced singles for Donna Summer during the late-1970s disco era, including “Bad Girls”, “Last Dance”, “Love to Love You Baby”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”, “Dim All the Lights”, “MacArthur Park”, “Hot Stuff”, “On the Radio”, and “I Feel Love”, and is the founder of the former Musicland Studios in Munich, a recording studio used by many artists including Electric Light Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Elton John. Moroder also composed the soundtrack for the film Midnight Express, which won an Academy Award and contained the international hit “Chase”. Moroder also produced a number of electronic disco songs for the Three Degrees, two albums for Sparks, and a handful of songs on Bonnie Tyler’s album Bitterblue as well as her 1985 single “Here She Comes”. In 1990 he composed “Un’estate italiana”, the official theme song of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He also created a score of songs for performers including David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Irene Cara, Janet Jackson, Madleen Kane, Melissa Manchester, Blondie, Japan, and France Joli. Moroder has stated that the work of which he is most proud is Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”. This song and “Flashdance… What a Feeling” earned him the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1986 and 1983.
AWARDS: Moroder has won three Academy Awards: Best Original Score for Midnight Express (1978); Best Song for “Flashdance…What a Feeling”, from the film Flashdance (1983); and Best Song for “Take My Breath Away”, from Top Gun (1986). Moroder also won two of his four Grammy Awards for Flashdance: Best Album or Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special and Best Instrumental Composition for the track “Love Theme from Flashdance”. The third was awarded 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 was inducted for his achievements and contributions as a producer. In 2005, Moroder was named a Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, and in 2010 Bolzano awarded him the Grande Ordine al Merito della Provincia autonoma di Bolzano. In 2011, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Soundtrack Academy. In 2014, Giorgio Moroder won his fourth Grammy Award for Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories 2013 (Album of the Year). For Daft Punk’s 2013 album Moroder made his U.S. debut as a DJ that year at the Red Bull Music Academy in New York City. The following year, he released the single “Giorgio’s Theme” via Adult Swim and issued remixes of Coldplay’s Midnight” and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” In 2015, Moroder released Déjà Vu, an album of dance-pop collaborations with artists including Kylie Minogue (with whom he also toured that year), Sia, Britney Spears, Mikky Ekko and Charli XCX.
Giorgio Moroder: Good for Me (featuring Karen Harding), single released: November 11, 2016 on Casablanca Records.