Keith Forsey

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Keith Forsey
Born (1948-01-02) 2 January 1948 (age 75)
London, England
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion
Years active1960s–present
LabelsRCA Victor, Epic, Casablanca, Hansa, Oasis
WebsiteOfficial website

Keith Forsey (born 2 January 1948) is an English pop musician and record producer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Forsey began his career as a percussionist in the mid-late 1960s as the drummer for The Spectrum[2] and as the drummer in Udo Lindenberg's Panik Orchester until 1976, during which he also played percussion for Amon Düül II.[3] By late 1970s, he was a pioneer of disco, working with artists such as Lipstique, Claudja Barry, La Bionda, the Italo Disco Inventors and Boney M. He became Giorgio Moroder's drummer and played on records by Donna Summer, including Bad Girls, and Sparks' "No. 1 in Heaven." However Forsey's own band, Trax, a collaboration with Pete Bellotte, was not as popular.[3] Forsey was influenced by Moroder and began experimenting with electronics and European dance rhythms.

Production career[edit]

Like Moroder, Forsey started producing albums himself, and in 1982 produced Billy Idol's solo debut album, Billy Idol and Icehouse's global breakthrough album Primitive Man. 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.[3] 1983 was the year that established Forsey as a producer. He co-wrote "Flashdance... What a Feeling" with Moroder and Irene Cara, who sang the track, for the movie Flashdance. In 1984, the song earned an Academy Award. The popularity of Flashdance led to his co-writing songs featured on the soundtracks of Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The NeverEnding Story and The Breakfast Club. The 1985 hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from The Breakfast Club was originally offered to Simple Minds, who declined. But after Bryan Ferry, Billy Idol and several other artists passed on the song, Simple Minds reconsidered; their recording went on to top the charts in several countries.

In 1986, Forsey produced the debut album of young prodigy, Charlie Sexton.

In 2003, Forsey produced the American guitar pop band Rooney. 2005 saw his return to Billy Idol, producing Devil's Playground.[3]


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (1 October 2003). The Billboard book of number 1 hits. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 616–. ISBN 978-0-8230-7677-2. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  2. ^ Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons - The Vault - Chris Bentley - Signum Books - 2017
  3. ^ a b c d Michael Sutton. "Keith Forsey | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 January 2016.

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