Thomas Dolby

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About Thomas Dolby

Nerdy-cute Thomas Dolby became an unlikely 1980s icon thanks to his unique presence in MTV videos, and his penchant for catchy synth hooks and danceable programmed beats. The keyboardist/programmer got his start in the late '70s with Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club (featuring future Buggles Trevor Horn and Geoffrey Downes), and quickly established himself as a sideman of distinction, crafting memorable synthesizer parts for a diverse array of pop and rock acts. His own albums struck just the right chord with U.S. audiences of the early '80s who seemed to crave new-wave quirkiness with a video-friendly veneer. As the '80s and '90s progressed, Dolby focused more on production (for Joni Mitchell, among others) and film scores, releasing the occasional remix, compilation, or live album.

London, England
October 14, 1958

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