''THRILLER'' SONGWRITER ROD TEMPERTON DIES AT 66

Oct 05, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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Songwriter-musician Rod Temperton, who wrote Michael Jackson classics, ”Thriller,” Off the Wall,” ”Rock with You,” has died of cancer.
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A statement from his music publisher says the 66-year-old Temperton died last week of an ”aggressive” cancer.
No other details were given.
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Temperton, who began his career in the disco band Heatwave and collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, was best known as a songwriter and worked closely with producer Quincy Jones on groundbreaking tracks for Jackson’s ”Off the Wall” and ”Thriller” albums.
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