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Lettris is a curious tetris-clone game where all the bricks have the same square shape but different content. Each square carries a letter. To make squares disappear and save space for other squares you have to assemble English words (left, right, up, down) from the falling squares.
Boggle gives you 3 minutes to find as many words (3 letters or more) as you can in a grid of 16 letters. You can also try the grid of 16 letters. Letters must be adjacent and longer words score better. See if you can get into the grid Hall of Fame !
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April 17, 1954 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States
|Genres||Heavy Metal, Pop punk, Rock and roll, Hi-NRG, R&B, New Wave, synthpop|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards|
|Labels||Warner Bros., EMI, Motown|
|Associated acts||Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Barbra Streisand, Stanley Clarke, David Sanborn, Donna Summer|
Sembello was born and raised in Philadelphia. He studied with jazz great Pat Martino and began his career in music as a session musician, working increasingly with high-profile artists as a guitarist. By age 17 he was working professionally with Stevie Wonder on electric and acoustic guitar as a studio player on Wonder's Fulfillingness' First Finale. He continued the same year, chosen as one of the core artists who worked on Songs in the Key of Life; an ambitious concept album that took two years in the making. During that time, he is credited as lead and rhythm guitarist on most of the tracks, and shares songwriting credit with Wonder on the song, "Saturn". The list of pop music personalities he worked with, or wrote for, includes Wonder, (from 1974 to 1979), The Temptations, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Barbra Streisand, Stanley Clarke, David Sanborn, Donna Summer, Miguel Mateos and New Edition among many others.
He released his first solo album, Bossa Nova Hotel in 1983, and the song "Maniac" was selected for inclusion in the blockbuster film Flashdance. This song went on to become the third highest grossing song from a soundtrack.[when?] His contribution to that soundtrack was rewarded with a Grammy Award in 1983 for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.
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Sembello produced guitarist Jennifer Batten's first solo album, Above Below and Beyond in 1992. In 1994, he produced Argentine singer Valeria Lynch's album Caravana de Sueños (1994), and co-wrote the title song with Puerto Rican Wilkins Vélez.
Sembello has spent much of his career scoring music to soundtracks for movies and film, some of which have achieved blockbuster commercial success. They are featured on such movies as Cocoon, Gremlins, Summer Lovers, The Monster Squad and Independence Day, among many others.
In 2008, Michael Sembello worked with saxophonist Michael Lington on his album Heat, which was nominated as Jazztrax Album of the Year for 2008. Michael and his brother Danny Sembello penned three songs with Lington for the project. Sembello travels to Brazil frequently and is good friends with Daniel Jobim, the grandson of legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Sembello has recorded his vocals in six languages and is continually writing, producing and releasing albums. In May 2009 the allbum "Moon Island" was released on EMI Japan. The album consists of American pop songs given new arrangements with a strong Brazilian influence.
|Year||Album||US Top 200|
|1983||"Bossa Nova Hotel"||80|
|1992||"Caravan of Dreams"||-|
|1997||"Backwards in Time"||-|
|2003||"The Lost Years"||-|
|Year||Song||US Hot 100||UK Singles|
|1985||"Gravity" (from Cocoon)||-||-|
|1986||"Tear Down the Walls"||-||-|
|"Wonder Where You Are"||-||-|