Giovanni Giorgio Moroder born 26 April 1940) is an Italian singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Moroder is frequently credited with pioneering Italo disco and electronic dance music, and is dubbed the “Father of Disco”.
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 “Love to Love You Baby”, “I Feel Love”, “Last Dance”, “MacArthur Park”, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “Dim All the Lights”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”, and “On the Radio”, 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 a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, and contained the international hit “Chase”. He 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 created a score of songs for many 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”, which, along with “Flashdance… What a Feeling”, earned him the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1986 and 1983 respectively. In 2004, he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.