Rod Temperton: Thriller songwriter dies…
Rod Temperton, the British songwriter best known for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Rock With You, has died.
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.
Temperton’s other hits included Off The Wall and Baby Be Mine for Jackson and Boogie Nights for his band Heatwave.
Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers was among those paying tribute, tweeting: “Your genius gave us a funkier world!”
Michael Jackson’s sister LaToya wrote: “A brilliant prolific #songwriter Rod Temperton may you #RIP one of my favorite #songs Rock With You #Thriller #legend #Music #MichaelJackson”
Producer and DJ Mark Ronson wrote: “So devastated to hear that Rod Temperton has passed away. a wonderful man & one of my favourite songwriters ever. thank you for the magic x”
Temperton, whose private funeral has taken place, was nicknamed The Invisible Man because of his low profile.
Rod Temperton’s greatest hits
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
Boogie Nights – Heatwave
Give Me The Night – George Benson
Baby, Come to Me – Patti Austin and James Ingram
Sweet Freedom – Michael McDonald