Legendary Michael Jackson Songwriter Rod Temperton Dies Of Cancer
Rod Temperton, the legendary songwriter behind Michael Jacksonâs classics âThriller,â âOff The Wallâ and âRock With You,â died last week after an aggressive battle with cancer, according to his publisher.
He was 66.
âHis family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times,â his music publisher, Jon Platt, said in a written statement.
The music industry called Temperton the âInvisible Manâ because his songs defined the 1970s and 1980s disco and pop music era without many ever knowing his name.
Outside of the Michael Jackson classics, Temperton also penned George Bensonâs âGive Me the Night,â Michael McDonaldâs âSweet Freedom,â and Heatwaveâs âAlways and Foreverâ and âBoogie Nights.â
Another musical legend, Quincy Jones, took to Twitter to express his sorrow over Tempertonâs passing.
âWe never did anything for the money. We did what gave us goosebumps and thatâs what we gotâ¦ miss you so much already, worms,â Jones wrote.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) October 6, 2016