Rod Temperton Thriller Songwriter Dead aged 66

Rod Temperton: Thriller Songwriter Dead aged 66

Rod Temperton, the legendary British songwriter whose genius shaped the sound of the 1970s and 1980s, has left an indelible mark on the music industry with his iconic compositions, which have become timeless classics. His passing on September 25, 2016, at age 66, has left a void in the hearts of music lovers worldwide. Still, his legacy lives on through the music he created and the artists he inspired.

Temperton died in London last week at the age of 66 after “a brief aggressive battle with cancer,” Jon Platt of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing said.

Born on October 9, 1949, in Cleethorpes, England, Rod Temperton began his musical journey at a young age, drawing inspiration from the soulful sounds of Motown and the infectious rhythms of disco. His love for music led him to pursue a songwriting career, and his talent was soon recognized by some of the biggest names in the industry.

Temperton’s career took off when he joined the funk band Heatwave in the 1970s, where he served as the primary songwriter and keyboardist. It was during his time with Heatwave that Temperton penned some of his most iconic hits, including “Boogie Nights,” “Always and Forever,” and “The Groove Line,” which catapulted the band to international fame and solidified Temperton’s reputation as a masterful songwriter.

Beyond his work with Michael Jackson, Temperton’s songwriting prowess extended to other iconic artists, including George Benson, Quincy Jones, and Donna Summer. His ability to capture the essence of an artist’s vision and transform it into a musical masterpiece was unmatched, earning him numerous accolades and awards throughout his illustrious career.

Temperton’s creative process was as mysterious as it was magical. The songwriter often starts with a catchy melody or hook before building the lyrics around it. His meticulous attention to detail and keen ear for production led to the creation of commercially successful and emotionally resonant songs, connecting with listeners on a deeper level.

Despite his immense success and influence, Temperton remained a humble and private individual, choosing to let his music speak for itself rather than seeking the spotlight. His legacy lives on through the countless artists he inspired and the enduring impact of his music, which continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

In recognition of his contributions to the music industry, Temperton was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019, cementing his status as a true musical genius. His songs have stood the test of time, becoming cultural touchstones transcending generations and genres.

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His tunes have also been recorded by artists including Anita Baker, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin and The Brothers Johnson.

Temperton won a Grammy Award in 1990 for his work on Birdland, from Quincy Jones’s album Back on the Block.

He was nominated for two Oscars in 1986 for his work with Jones on the soundtrack for The Color Purple.

He summed up his songwriting approach: “The first criteria is to write something you love first, and once you feel those hairs standing up on the back of your hand, you can go to the world.”

In a statement released on Wednesday, Warner/Chappell’s Jon Platt said: “His family is devastated and requests total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times.”

Vocalist Chaka Khan, who recorded Temperton’s tracks with the funk band Rufus, paid tribute by writing on Twitter: “Thank you for your excellent songwriting @RodTemperton. U will always Live in Me. Rest in power.”

As we bid farewell to Rod Temperton, we celebrate his extraordinary talent, unparalleled creativity, and lasting impact on the music world. His legacy will continue to inspire future songwriters and musicians, ensuring his unique style and timeless melodies live on for years. Rest in peace, Rod Temperton, and thank you for the music.