Rod Temperton, Songwriter For Michael Jackson, Has Passed Away
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:22:02
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English songwriter, producer, and musician Rod Temperton has passed away at the age of 66. Best known for penning Michael Jackson hits "Thriller", "Rock with You", and "Off the Wall", Temperton passed away last week after battling cancer, and his funeral has already been held.
Consequence of Sound reports, "Jon Platt, Chairman & CEO of Warner/Chappell, confirmed the news, writing: "His family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times.""
The outlet explains, "Temperton was introduced to Michael Jackson prior to recording the future King of Pop's 1979 debut solo album, Off the Wall. Temperton penned three tracks off the album: "Rock with You", "Off the Wall", and "Burn this Disco Out".
"Their blockbuster partnership would carry over into 1982's Thriller for which Temperton contributed three more tracks: "Thriller", "Baby Be Mine", and "The Lady in My Life"."
Temperton wrote a variety of songs for other famous musicians as well, including Herbie Hancock, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, and Karen Carpenter. He also won an Oscar for his collaboration with Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie on "Miss Celie's Blues" from Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple.
Michael Jackson's sister, La Toya Jackson, tweeted after Temperton's passing, "A brilliant prolific #songwriter Rod Temperton may you #RIP one of my favorite #songs Rock With You #Thriller #legend #Music #MichaelJackson".
—The ARTISTdirect Staff