Kevin Godley

born on 7/10/1945 in Prestwich, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Kevin Godley

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Kevin Michael Godley (born 7 October 1945,[1] Prestwich, Lancashire, England) is an English musician and music video director. He is known as the drummer of the art rock band 10cc and for his collaboration outside the band with Lol Creme.


He was born into a Jewish family, and went to North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham. The first band he was part of was Group 17 which had its origins in the Jewish Lads Brigade (JLB). The members were Henri Shalam, Bernard Sufrin, Sydney Kaye and Jeffrey Baker.

While attending art college in Manchester Godley met Lol Creme. They became part of several bands, most notably Hotlegs and 10cc. He and Creme left 10cc in 1977, early into the recording of the album Deceptive Bends, unimpressed with the songs by bandmates Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman and eager to work on other projects outside of the band.

After leaving 10cc the two became known as Godley & Creme, both as musicians and film directors. They were jointly nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form for: The Police: Synchronicity Concert in 1986.[2]

Godley writes, sings, and plays drums, percussion and keyboards. Gouldman felt Godley's voice was the finest in 10cc[3] and Stewart complimented his falsetto voice, particularly on "Don't Hang Up"[4] In 1990, his charity production One World One Voice was released on CD in the UK. It was a CD that focused on environmental and ecological crises. Godley became a vegetarian during this period.

Both Godley and Lol Creme briefly "reunited" with their former 10cc bandmates Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman on the 1992 album, ...Meanwhile. However, Godley claims that their involvement with the project was very limited, as the album was dominated by studio musicians. He performed the lead vocal on "The Stars Didn't Show," the band's tribute to the late Roy Orbison. It was the only song on the album not sung by Stewart. Following ...Meanwhile, Godley and Creme went their separate ways.

He reunited with another former 10cc member, Graham Gouldman, to form the band GG/06. Together they have recorded a number of new songs which are available via their website.[5]

Recently, Godley has moved into developing a music platform for the iPad, that combines audio and video to create a global recording studio in the cloud called "WholeWorldBand".[6] The company was nominated for the "SXSW Music Accelerator Award" in 2013 and was one of eight finalists selected from a pool of over 500.[7] In 2017, Godley publicly invited musicians to send him music to work on a solo album.[8]

Godley was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts by Staffordshire University in 2018.[9]

Music videos

Since he split from his long-time working partner Creme, Godley forged a career directing music videos and films on his own.



  • Erasure – "Blue Savannah"
  • One World One Voice – short movie


  • Bryan Adams – "Can't Stop This Thing We Started"
  • Bryan Adams – "Though I'd Died and Gone to Heaven"
  • Bryan Adams – "All I Want Is You"
  • U2 – "Even Better Than the Real Thing"





  • Deep Forest – "Deep Forest"
  • U2 – "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"
  • Whale – "I'll Do Ya"



  • Forest for the Trees – "Dream"
  • Garland Jeffreys – "Sexuality"
  • James – "Tomorrow"
  • Jean-Michel Jarre – "Oxygène Part 8"


  • Boyzone – "When the Going Gets Tough"
  • Boyzone – "You Needed Me"
  • Eric Clapton – "My Father's Eyes"
  • Helicopter Girl – "Subliminal Punk"
  • Kele Le Roc – "My Love"
  • Phil Collins – "You'll Be in My Heart"
  • Sting – "After the Rain Has Fallen"
  • The Black Crowes – "By Your Side"
  • The Charlatans – "Forever"
  • U2 – "Sweetest Thing"



  • Alabama 3 – "Woke Up This Morning"
  • Gabrielle – "Rise"
  • Rod Stewart – "Run Back into Your Arms"




  • The Rapture – "Sister Saviour"
  • Will Young – "Leave Right Now"




  • Brothermandude – "Automatic"
  • Keane – "Is It Any Wonder?"
  • Mojo Fury – "The Man"





  • Elbow – "Gentle Storm"



  1. ^ "Kevin Godley | Songs". AllMusic. 1945-10-07. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
  2. ^ Awards for Kevin Godley on IMDb
  3. ^ "why". 2006-07-07. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
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