Danny Sembello

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Danny Sembello
Birth nameDaniel Sembello
Born(1963-01-15)January 15, 1963
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedAugust 15, 2015(2015-08-15) (aged 52)
Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul, synthpop, pop, funk
Occupation(s)Songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist
InstrumentsKeyboards, synthesizers, drums, percussion, guitar, bass
Years active1981–2015
Associated actsChaka Khan, George Benson, Pebbles, Jeffrey Osborne, Patti LaBelle, René & Angela, New Edition, The Pointer Sisters, Johnny Gill, Irene Cara, Monica, Celine Dion, Tatyana Ali

Daniel "Danny" Sembello (January 15, 1963 – August 15, 2015) was an American songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist.

He produced recordings by artists including George Benson and Pebbles, and he had his compositions recorded by Chaka Khan, Jeffrey Osborne, Patti LaBelle (the hit single "Stir It Up"), Irene Cara, René & Angela, and The Pointer Sisters (the hit single "Neutron Dance"). In 1986, he won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, for his contributions to the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. He was the brother of Michael Sembello.

Danny Sembello drowned in the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia, on August 15, 2015.[1] He was first reported missing after he went for a swim during a music festival in Manayunk.[2]


  1. ^ "R.I.P. soul music musician and songwriter Danny Sembello | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  2. ^ "Musician Sembello Reportedly Drowned In Schuylkill | Roxborough-Manayunk, PA Patch". Patch.com. 2015-08-19. Retrieved 2015-08-24.

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