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Keith Forsey

born on 22/1/1948 in London, England, United Kingdom

Keith Forsey

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Keith Forsey
Born January 2 1948
London, England
Genres Rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1960spresent
Labels RCA Victor, Epic, Casablanca, Hansa, Oasis

Keith Forsey (born 2 January 1948, London) is an English soundtrack composer, drummer, songwriter and record producer.


Forsay's first recordings were as the younger member of the group "The Spectrum", better known for the end title theme for Gerry Anderson's Captain Scarlet, but hit makers across Europe in their own right, scoring hits in Germany and Spain on RCA Victor Records.

As drummer and long-time associate of producer Giorgio Moroder, Forsey can be heard on several Donna Summer albums before 1981. He co-wrote several songs on the albums Bad Girls, The Wanderer and I'm a Rainbow. Forsey also formed a dance band called TRAX with Moroder's co-producer Pete Bellotte and produced two dance albums.

Forsey's drum sound was the mainstay of many Moroder productions during the 1970s including Sparks' album No. 1 in Heaven, Get On The Funk Train by Munich Machine (Moroder/Bellotte's house band), as well as various other studio/disco acts based in Munich at this time such as Boney M. He also played on Moroder's "Son Of My Father", along with the as yet undiscovered, Donna Summer.

Forsey was also well-known as the producer for Billy Idol. Forsey began working with Idol in the '70s when he was lead singer for UK Punk band Generation X and stayed with him into his solo career, producing the albums Billy Idol, Rebel Yell, Whiplash Smile, Charmed Life and Devil's Playground.

Forsey also produced other notable '80s albums such as Pictures for Pleasure, the debut album from the then-16 year old Austin guitarist Charlie Sexton, and the Psychedelic Furs hit album Mirror Moves.

Forsey is perhaps most famous as the producer of movie soundtracks, including Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop II and The Breakfast Club. Forsey co-wrote the #1 worldwide hit single, "Don't You (Forget About Me)", together with Steve Schiff, for the band Simple Minds in 1985. He additionally wrote Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff". He also produced The Donnas' cover of the Generation X song, and the Simple Minds album "Good News from the Next World" in 1995.


  • 1984 Academy Award - "Best Music, Original Song": "Flashdance...What a Feeling" (Forsey/Giorgio Moroder/Irene Cara). He was also nominated for a BAFTA Film Award.
  • 1984 Golden Globe award - "Best Original Song - Motion Picture": "Flashdance...What a Feeling" (Forsey/Moroder/Cara)
  • 1984 Grammy Award - "Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special": Flashdance. Shared between all composers: Forsey, Giorgio Moroder, Irene Cara, Shandi Sinnamon, Ronald Magness, Doug Cotler, Richard Gilbert, Michael Boddicker, Jerry Hey, Phil Ramone, Michael Sembello, Kim Carnes, Duane Hitchings, Craig Krampf, Dennis Matkosky
  • 1986 Grammy Award - "Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special": Beverly Hills Cop. Shared between all composers: Forsey, Marc Benno, Harold Faltermeyer, Micki Free, Jon Gilutin Hawk, Howard Hewett, Bunny Hull, Howie Rice, Sharon Robinson, Danny Sembello, Sue Sheridan, Richard Theisen, Allee Willis
  • 1988 ASCAP Award - "Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures": Beverly Hills Cop II (Forsey/Harold Faltermeyer/Bob Seger). He was also nominated for a BAFTA. Forsey was also nominated for an Academy Award for 'Best Music, Original Song' for: "Shakedown".

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