Thomas Ross "Tom" Whitlock (born 1954) is an American songwriter and lyricist best known for his Academy Award and Golden Globe winning song " Take My Breath Away" from the film , which he co-wrote with Top Gun Giorgio Moroder.
Early life [ edit ]
Whitlock was born and raised in
Springfield, Missouri. As a drummer, he played in many bands and on many recording sessions. In 1977, he was signed to his first recording contract with Mercury Records. In 1983, Mr. Whitlock became a recording engineer in Los Angeles, focusing primarily on film scores and songs for movies such as Scarface, Beverly Hills Cop and II, as well as many others. [1 ]
Musical career [ edit ]
Giorgio Moroder, he co-wrote five songs on the soundtrack, including " Top Gun Take My Breath Away" and the Kenny Loggins hit " Danger Zone". Whitlock was Moroder's mechanic, fixing his Ferraris, before turning into a lyricist. ASCAP shows 113 songs registered, performed by artists such as Berlin, Bonnie Tyler, Jennifer Rush, Michael McDonald, Ray Charles, Graham Nash, Diana Ross, Teddy Pendergrass, Roger Daltrey and John Entwhistle.
Whitlock and Moroder had other collaborations, for the films
, Over the Top and American Anthem , and also co-wrote the official theme songs for both the Rambo III 1988 Summer Olympics (" Hand In Hand") and the 1990 FIFA World Cup (" To Be Number One").
Whitlock is also
drummer of the Missouri band, The Dog People, with Michael Granda (aka Supe Dujour), Jim Wunderle, and Terry Wilson.
Filmography of songs [ edit ]
(1986) (" Top Gun Take My Breath Away", performed by Berlin; " Danger Zone", by Kenny Loggins; "Radar Radio" by Giorgio Moroder featuring Joe Pizzulo; "Lead Me On" by Teena Marie; all co-written by Giorgio Moroder)
(1986) ("Wings to Fly", performed by American Anthem Graham Nash, co-written by Giorgio Moroder)
(1987) ("Winner Takes It All" by Over the Top Sammy Hagar; "Meet Me Half Way" by Kenny Loggins; "In This Country" by Robin Zander; "Take It Higher" and "Mind Over Matter" by Larry Greene; "All I Need Is You" by Big Trouble; "Gypsy Soul" by Asia; "I Will Be Strong" by Eddie Money; all co-written by Giorgio Moroder)
(1987) ("Nightlife" and "Overdrive", both performed by Larry Lee and co-written by Larry Lee and Steve Bates) Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
(1987) ("Criminal", performed by Fatal Beauty Shannon; co-written by Sylvester Levay)
(1989) ("Whenever There's a Night", by Dream a Little Dream Mike Reno; "Never Turn Away", by Chris Thompson; both co-written by John William Dexter)
(1989) ("Money Talks", "Win or Lose") Let It Ride
(1990) (writer: "Strike Like Lightning", "Shadows") Navy SEALs
(1990) ("Rock Noon", by Dominoe, co-written by Fire, Ice and Dynamite Harold Faltermeyer and Brian Reeves; "Get Ready", by Rockafella, co-written by Faltermeyer)
(1991) ("Temptation", by Teresa James; co-written by Todd Smallwood) Out for Justice
(1992) ("I Want It All", by Boris and Natasha Marietta, co-written by David Darling)
(1999) ("Even Angels Fall", by 10 Things I Hate About You Jessica Riddle)
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External links [ edit ]
Fame" Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore (1980) "
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Music & Lyrics by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross, & Carole Bayer Sager (1981) "
Up Where We Belong" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie (1982) "
Flashdance... What a Feeling" Lyrics by Irene Cara, Keith Forsey, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1983) "
I Just Called to Say I Love You" Music & Lyrics by Stevie Wonder (1984) "
Say You, Say Me" Music & Lyrics by Lionel Richie (1985) "
Take My Breath Away" Lyrics by Tom Whitlock, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1986) "
(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Lyrics by Franke Previte, Music by John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz (1987) "
Let the River Run" Music & Lyrics by Carly Simon/" Two Hearts" Lyrics by Phil Collins, Music by Lamont Dozier (1988) "
Under the Sea" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken (1989)