Tom Whitlock

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Thomas Ross "Tom" Whitlock (born 1954), is an American songwriter and musician, best known for his Academy Award-and Golden Globe-winning song "Take My Breath Away" from the film Top Gun, which he co-wrote with Giorgio Moroder.[1]

Tom Whitlock was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. He won the Academy Award in 1986 for the song "Take My Breath Away" (performed by Terri Nunn of the band Berlin) in the movie Top Gun - one of the five songs written for the movie by Whitlock and Giorgio Moroder. "Danger Zone" performed by Kenny Loggins was Whitlock and Moroder's other hit from Top Gun.


Whitlock and Moroder co-wrote five songs for "Top Gun" including "Take My Breath Away" and the Kenny Loggins hit "Danger Zone". 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 Entwistle.

Whitlock and Moroder had other collaborations, for the films Over the Top, American Anthem and Rambo III, and also co-wrote the official theme songs for both the 1988 Summer Olympics ("Hand In Hand") and the 1990 FIFA World Cup ("To Be Number One").

In 2012, the Library of Congress honored Whitlock for his songwriting contributions.[2]

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  1. ^ Peaco, Ed. "Whitlock Relishes Lives of His Songs." News-Leader 25 May 2012. (
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