Giorgio Moroder is an Italian producer, songwriter, DJ, and performer. He was born in South Tyrol, Italy in April 1940. He played bass and guitar in pop-oriented ensembles while touring Europe and first gained popularity in 1969 with his single “Looky Looky”. He teamed up with Pete Bellotte and Donna Summer to create “Love to Love You Baby”, a song that is credited with starting the worldwide disco craze. Throughout his career, he has worked with numerous artists such as Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Cher, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, and Daft Punk. He has won three Academy Awards: Best Original Score for Midnight Express (1978), Best Song for “Flashdance…What a Feeling” from Flashdance (1983), and Best Song for “Take My Breath Away” from Topgun (1986). Moroder has also won four Grammy Awards, two of them were for his score for Flashdance; he also won for Best Dance Recording for the song “Carry On” (1998) and Album of the Year for his collaboration with Daft Punk’s 2014 album Random Access Memories. His most recent album, Déjà Vu was released in 2015 and reached number one on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic charts.
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