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Harold Faltermeyer


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Harold Faltermeyer (born October 5, 1952 in Munich) is a German musician, keyboardist, and record producer.

He is recognized as one of the composers/producers who best captured the zeitgeist of 19 in film scores. Best known for the “Axel F” electronic theme for “Beverly Hills Cop” and the “Top Gun Anthem” from the for “Top Gun” - both often imitated, highly influential hits that to some extent practically redefined action film scoring in the .

As a session musician, arranger and producer, Faltermeyer has worked with several international pop stars including Donna Summer, Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Amanda Lear, Patti LaBelle, Barbra Streisand, Glenn Frey, Laura Branigan, Billy Idol, Jennifer Rush, Alexis, Cheap Trick, Sparks, Bob Seger, Chris Thompson, and Bonnie Tyler .

He has won two Grammy Awards: the first in 1986 for Best Album of original written for a motion picture or television special, as a co-writer of the “Beverly Hills Cop” ; and the second in 1987 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance with guitarist Steve Stevens for “Top Gun Anthem” from the .

The highly recognizable “Axel F” theme was recorded using three instruments: a Roland Jupiter-8, a Roland JX-3P and a Yamaha DX7 and also a LinnDrum drum machine. It has been covered by numerous artists and in May 2005 a re-recording of the classic reached number one in the UK singles chart after being remixed with the Crazy Frog ringtone.


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