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Dexter Wansel

key, syn, *1950 US, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Musician / Producer of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Dexter Gilman Wansel

Dexter Gilman Wansel (born August 22, 1950) is an American keyboardist, raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He contributed to the development of the Philly Sound and worked with producers Gamble and Huff at Philadelphia International Records. Wansel led the musical group Yellow Sunshine. He has worked with Phyllis Hyman, The Jacksons, MFSB, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti Labelle, The Jones Girls, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Grover Washington Jr. and Lou Rawls, among many others. He also wrote The Jones Girls 1981 soul music song "Nights over Egypt" and Patti Labelle's 1983 #1 R&B hit, "If Only You Knew", with Cynthia Biggs. His "Theme from the Planets" has been sampled and was featured on the breakbeat compilation album, Ultimate Breaks and Beats.

        
Instruments
  • Keyboards
  • Synthesizer
  • Vocals
  • Percussion
  • Electric piano
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
The Sweetest Pain on Time Is Slipping Away by Dexter Wansel
Theme from the Planets on Life on Mars by Dexter Wansel
I'll Never Forget (My Favorite Disco) on Time Is Slipping Away by Dexter Wansel
Life on Mars on Life on Mars by Dexter Wansel
New Beginning on Time Is Slipping Away by Dexter Wansel
Rings of Saturn on Life on Mars by Dexter Wansel
One Million Miles from the Ground on Life on Mars by Dexter Wansel
Breaking and Entering - 12" Version on The Women of Philadelphia International Records - The Remixes by Various Artists
A Prophet Named K.G. on Life on Mars by Dexter Wansel
Voyager on Voyager by Dexter Wansel

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Theme From The Planets / Bouncy Lady (Instrumental)Dexter Wansel, Pleasure2018Single
Stargazer (The Philadelphia International Records Anthology 1976-1980)Dexter Wansel2016Compil.
Life On Mars / What's Wrong With Groovin'Dexter Wansel / Letta Mbulu2015Single
You Can Be What You Wanna Be / Strange GamesDexter Wansel / Love Unlimited Orchestra2007Album
Life On Mars / What The World Is Coming ToDexter Wansel1999Compil.
Voyager / Time Is Slipping AwayDexter Wansel1999Compil.
The Very Best Of Dexter WanselDexter Wansel1999Compil.
Time Is Slipping Away / Life On MarsDexter Wansel1993Compil.
Keyboard Riffs For DJ's Volume 2Dexter Wansel1993Album
Keyboard Riffs For DJ's Volume 1Dexter Wansel1993Album
Universe Featuring Dexter WanselUniverse Featuring Dexter Wansel1991Album
Love Is Beautiful (When It's Right)Universe Featuring Dexter Wansel1991Single
CapturedDexter Wansel1986Album
CapturedDexter Wansel1986Album
Life On Mars / Always ThereDexter Wansel / Willie Bobo1985Album
Love Is In SeasonPeter Royer Featuring Dexter Wansel1985Album
Time Is Slipping AwayDexter Wansel1979Album
It's Been Cool / I'll Never Forget (My Favorite Disco)Dexter Wansel1979Single
I'll Never Forget (My Favorite Disco)Dexter Wansel1979Single
The Sweetest Pain / Funk AttackDexter Wansel1979Single
New Beginning / Time Is Slipping AwayDexter Wansel1979Single
I'm In Love / SolutionsDexter Wansel1978Single
VoyagerDexter Wansel1978Album
All Night LongDexter Wansel1978Single
Solutions / I'm In LoveDexter Wansel1978Single
What The World Is Coming ToDexter Wansel1977Album
Disco LightsDexter Wansel1977Single
Holdin' On / Dance With Me TonightDexter Wansel1977Single
One Million Miles From The GroundDexter Wansel1976Single
Life On MarsDexter Wansel1976Single
Life On MarsDexter Wansel1976Album
Together Once AgainDexter Wansel1976Single
Life On Mars / The Sweetest PainDexter WanselAlbum
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