1983 Danny Spanos ‎– Passion In The Dark

Danny Spanos (also known as George Spannos) is an American rock drummer, best known for his 1983 EP “Passion In The Dark” which produced the top 40 hit single “Hot Cherie” in Mainstream Rock chart in the summer of 1983. He also had songs on the soundtracks of 2 movies in 1983-84, Up the Creek used his song “Passion in the Dark”, and the Tom Cruise movie All the Right Moves used his song “This Could Be Our Last Chance”.

Born and raised in South Lyon, Michigan, he played drums with several groups, including Redbone, known best for their hit song “Come and Get Your Love” in the 1970s. He also played drums on the theme music for the 1970s TV series Starsky and Hutch.

Danny Spanos was arrested in 1984. He also released “Looks Like Trouble” in 1984, which had disappointing sales, and the only single released “I’d Lie to you for Your Love” received little airplay, and was later turned into a country hit by The Bellamy Brothers.

He had a video for the song “Excuse Me” from “Passion in the Dark” which made it into the MTV video rotation in early 1983.


1 One Track Heart (Passion In The Dark) (Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings, Randy Bishop) 4:38
2 Hot Cherie (Darryl Gutheil, Jeff Neill, Kenny Shields, Randy Bishop, Spider Sinnaeve) 4:28
3 Excuse Me (Devin Payne, Spencer Proffer) 5:41
4 Slice Of Life (Kerryn Tolhurst) 3:47
5 Anita (Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings, Randy Bishop) 3:48



BassJimmy Johnson
DrumsCarmine Appice
GuitarRick Derringer
KeyboardsDuane Hitchings
Background VocalsRandy Bishop
Background VocalsTommy Faragher
VocalsDanny Spanos

Other Musicians

3 Excuse Me

GuitarRichard Bennett
DrumsFrankie Banali
KeyboardsRandy Kerber

Liner Notes

Producer – Spencer Proffer
Concept By – Jay Stessel, Larry Stessel, Spencer Stessel
Coordinator – Carol Peters, Lyn Corey-Benson
Engineer – Duane Baron
Engineer (Engineering Assistant) – Karen Chamberlain
Engineer (Second) – Mikey Davis, Spencer Proffer

Art Direction, Design – Jay Vigon
Concept By – Jay Stessel, Larry Stessel, Spencer Stessel
Photography By – Aaron Rapoport

Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.
Recorded At – The Pasha Music House
Mixed At – The Pasha Music House
Mastered At – Sterling Sound