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Kevin Michael Godley (born 7 October 1945) is an English singer, songwriter, 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 called Godley & Creme.

Kevin Godley
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Godley performing live with 10cc in 1976
Background information
Birth nameKevin Michael Godley
Born (1945-10-07) 7 October 1945 (age 74)
Prestwich, Lancashire, England[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • music video director
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • percussion
Years active1970–present
Associated acts


Kevin Michael Godley was born on 7 October 1945 in Prestwich, Lancashire, England, to a Jewish family, and went to North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham.[3] 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.[citation needed]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Godley writes and sings, and he plays drums, percussion and keyboards. 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.

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, having experienced difficulties together as early as 1988.[6] 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.[7] He joined Gouldman to celebrate 10cc's fortieth anniversary concert in 2012. [8]

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".[9] 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.[10] In 2017, Godley publicly invited musicians to send him music to work on a solo album.[11]

Godley was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts by Staffordshire University in 2018.[12] Godley currently lives in Dublin, Ireland.[13]

Music videosEdit

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























  • Elbow – "Gentle Storm"



  • Keane - “The Way I Feel”


  1. ^ "Kevin Godley | Songs". AllMusic. 7 October 1945. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Godley & Creme reviews, music, news - sputnikmusic".
  3. ^ Episode 95-Kevin Godley. Sodajerker Podcast
  4. ^ Buskin, Richard (June 2005). "Classic Tracks: 10cc – 'I'm Not in Love'". Sound on Sound. Cambridge, England: SOS Publications: 62–69. Retrieved 21 September 2015
  5. ^ Awards for Kevin Godley on IMDb
  6. ^ Lol Creme interview, Uncut, December 14, 1997 Archived 20 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "GG/06". Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  8. ^ Lester, Paul. "Heirs To The Beatles". The Jewish Chronicle (2012)
  9. ^ "WholeWorldBand". WholeWorldBand. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  10. ^ "WholeWorldBand: SXSW Accelerator award finalist | Music | News". Hot Press. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  11. ^ Essentially Pop. "Kevin Godley Seeks Collaborators For Solo Album ‘MUSCLE MEMORY’" (August 2017)
  12. ^ Guttridge, Richard (6 June 2018). "10cc star to be honoured by Staffordshire University". Express & Star. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  13. ^ O'Rourke, Frances. "First encounters: Kevin Godley and Sulinna Ong". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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