RFFocus is sad to report British songwriter Rod Temperton has died after a battle with cancer. Jon Platt, Chairman & CEO of Warner/Chappell, announced the news in a statement earlier today. Temperton was 66 years old.
“[Rod Temperton’s] family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times,” Platt also wrote in the statement.
Referred to as “The Invisible Man,” without Platt the world wouldn’t have a number of great songs. Temperton got his start in music through the funk group Heatwave, where he penned two of the band’s most well known songs to date, “Boogie Nights” and “Always & Forever.”
Rod was an English songwriter, record producer, and musician from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England. He initially made his mark as the keyboardist and main songwriter for the R&B funk/disco band Heatwave before writing several internationally known songs performed by Michael Jackson, including mega-hit “Thriller” as well as “Off the Wall”, “Rock with You,” and numerous others.
We send our condolences to Rod’s family, friends, and fans.