Everybody knows that stroke of genius.
Harold Faltermeyer is a German guy from Munich. His career began in 1979, playing synthesizer on Donna Summers', "Bad Girls" album along with executive producer Giorgio Moroder.
Following his work with Laura Branigan on her 1984 album "Self Control", he produced soundtracks for the motion pictures "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Top Gun" and won Grammy Awards for each of them.
"Axel F", from Beverly Hills Cop, entered the US-charts at number 3, in 1985. The Pet Shop Boys had him produce their 1990 album, "Behaviour". (discogs)
I chose this original video because I also love this film - but sorry: the quality isn't that brilliant.