Tuesday, July 16, 2024

RIP Rod Temperton, 66, Writer of Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You,” “Thriller” and Many Other Hits


rod tempertonBritish songwriter Rod Temperton is dead at age 66 from “aggressive cancer.” It was a brief illness apparently.

Temperton wrote Michael Jackson’s hits “Rock with You,” “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” as well as “The Lady in My Life.” He also wrote the huge Patti Austin-James Ingram song “Baby, Come to Me” and George Benson’s “Give Me the Night.”

Temperton also gave the group Heatwave their two big hits– “Always and Forever” and “Boogie Nights.”

He worked with Quincy Jones as a producer-writer, and wrote hits for D0nna Summer, the Brothers Johnson, Herbie Hancock, and Michael McDonald.

Condolences to his family. What a shame.


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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