Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Acclaimed Songwriter Rod Temperton Dies at 66


British songwriter, producer and musician Rod Temperton died today following a battle with cancer. He was 66.
Temperton was best known for penning the Michael Jackson classics “Off The Wall,” “Rock With You” and “Thriller,” which is one of Jackson’s most recognized and iconic tracks and a Halloween anthem. The gifted songwriter also wrote the gems “The Lady in My Life” and “Burn This Disco Out” for MJ.
In addition to his work with Jackson, Temperton was the keyboardist and primary songwriter for the popular disco/funk band Heatwave, where he penned the ‘70s dancefloor hits “Boogie Nights" and “The Groove Line.”  He also wrote the classic soul ballad “Always and Forever” with Heatwave.
Temperton was a prolific and sought-after songwriter/producer and had written tracks for celebrated artists such as Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Patti Austin, Donna Summer, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, the Brothers Johnson and James Ingram, among many others.
He was also nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar in 1986 for "Miss Celie's Blues," which he co-wrote with Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie for The Color Purple (1985).

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