Songwriter Rod Temperton

Songwriter Rod Temperton: The Genius Behind Thriller Died.

Born in Cleethorpes, England, in 1949, Temperton began his career as a musician and songwriter in the 1970s

The legendary songwriter Rod Temperton, the mastermind behind some of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, passed away at 66. Temp, who wrote classic songs such as “Thriller,” “Off The Wall,” and “Rock With You” for the King of Pop and hits for artists like Aretha Franklin and George Benson, will be remembered for his incredible talent and contributions to the music industry.

Temperton’s collaboration with Michael Jackson began in the late 1970s when producer Quincy Jones approached him to write songs for Jackson’s album “Off The Wall.” The result was the infectious disco track “Rock With You,” which became a smash hit and helped propel Jackson to superstardom. Temperton wrote several more songs for Jackson, including the iconic “Thriller,” which became the best-selling album ever.

In addition to his work with Michael Jackson, Temperton also penned hits for other legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, George Benson, and Donna Summer. His talent for crafting catchy melodies and infectious hooks made him one of the most sought-after songwriters in the industry.

Sadly, Temperton’s life was cut short by cancer, and he passed away this week at the age of 66. His death has been met with an outpouring of tributes from fans and fellow musicians, who have praised his talent and legacy in the music world.

Rod Temperton may be gone, but his music will live on forever. His contributions to pop music are undeniable, and his songs continue to be beloved by generations of fans. As we mourn his passing, let us remember and celebrate the incredible talent of a true musical genius. Rest in peace, Rod Temperton.