Thursday 23 January 2020

Who was Rod Temperton? Michael Jackson songwriter dead at 66

Songwriter Rod Temperton with his wife Kathy
Songwriter Rod Temperton with his wife Kathy

Rod Temperton, the songwriter behind Michael Jackson's Thriller and Rock With You, has died aged 66

Jon Platt, chairman and chief executive of Warner/Chappell, said in a statement: "Rod Temper ton, British composer and musician, died last week at the age of 66 in London following a brief aggressive battle with cancer.

"His funeral was private."

He added: "He was often referred to as the Invisible Man. He was the sole writer of multiple successful songs such as Thriller, Off The Wall, Rock With You, Give Me The Night, Sweet Freedom, Always & Forever and Boogie Nights, to name just a few.

"His family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times."

Temperton began his career as a member of the disco band Heatwave, penning the 1970s hits Always And Forever and Boogie Nights for the group.

He collaborated with the likes of Anita Baker, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Rufus and Chaka Khan and the Brothers Johnson.

But he was best known for writing songs for Jackson's albums Off The Wall and Thriller, after working with the singer's producer Quincy Jones.

He won a Grammy in 1990 for his work on Quincy Jones's album Back to Black.

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