Over his decades-long career, Giorgio Moroder has produced some of disco music’s most enduring classics (Donna Summer’s 1975 hit, “Love to Love You Baby”), overseen songs for some of the biggest ’80s blockbusters (Top Gun)…and worked with electronic kings Daft Punk. With his hot comeback album, Déjà Vu, out this month, the legendary Italian producer tells EW in its latest issue (on-sale now) the stories behind his greatest collaborations. Here are three of his most memorable.
Donna Summer: “Love to Love You Baby” 1975
It was my first big hit. I had the idea of doing a sexy song. I told Donna, “If you ever have an idea for some great lyrics, just tell me and we’ll do something.” She came back and she said, “How about, ‘Ooh, love to love you, baby’?” One day [Casablanca label chief] Neil Bogart asked me to extend it, so I needed Donna to do a little more moaning. She didn’t do a great job at the beginning. She was very shy. So I threw everybody out of the studio and I took down the lights and she did it in a matter of 10 minutes.