Keith Forsey

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Keith Forsey
Born (1948-01-02) 2 January 1948 (age 66)
London, England
Genres Rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1960s–2003
Labels RCA Victor, Epic, Casablanca, Hansa, Oasis
Associated acts Giorgio Moroder, Steve Schiff

Keith Forsey (born 2 January 1948) is an English soundtrack composer,[1] drummer, songwriter and record producer.


Forsey began his career as a percussionist in the early seventies. By the time the late seventies came around Keith was a pioneer of disco, working with artists such as Lipstique, Claudja Barry and Boney M. Keith became legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder's drummer and appeared on Donna Summer's groundbreaking club records, including the 1979 classic "Bad Girls". Keith's own band, Trax, however, was not as popular. Forsey was obviously being influenced by Moroder and began experimenting with electronics and European dance rhythms. Like Moroder, Keith started producing albums himself, and in 1982 produced Billy Idol's self-titled solo debut. Idol's 1983 follow-up, "Rebel Yell", went even further, combining Forsey's affection for synthesized pop, Idol's punk grit, and guitarist Steve Stevens' heavy metal sound. 1983 was the year that established Forsey as a producer. Keith co-wrote "Flashdance... What a Feeling" with Moroder and Irene Cara, who also performed the track, for the movie "Flashdance". In 1984 the song earned him an Academy Award. The popularity of "Flashdance" led to his (co-)writing songs featured on the soundtracks of "Ghostbusters", "Beverly Hills Cop" and "The Breakfast Club". The song "Don't You (Forget About Me)", from The Breakfast Club, was originally intended for Billy Idol, who declined. It was instead recorded by the Simple Minds in 1985 and turned out to be a hit, topping charts in multiple countries. The music community saw less and less of Forsey in the nineties. In 2003 Forsey produced his final music group the guitar pop band "Rooney".[2]


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003-10-01). The Billboard book of number 1 hits. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 616–. ISBN 978-0-8230-7677-2. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
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