‘Thriller’ songwriter Rod Temperton, 66
LONDON (AP) >> Songwriter Rod Temperton, who wrote Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and other hits, has died of cancer in London. He was 66.
His music publisher said Wednesday in a statement that Temperton died last week. Jon Platt of Warner/ Chappell said Temperton was the sole writer of “Thriller,” “Off the Wall,” “Rock with You” and other major hits. He said Temperton’s family is “devastated” and is planning a private funeral.
Temperton started his career in the disco band Heatwave and collaborated with Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker and others. He was best known as a songwriter and worked closely with producer Quincy Jones. Platt said he was sometimes known as “the invisible man” for his behind-thescenes role.
In this March 29, 2012 file photo, songwriter Rod Temperton and his wife Kathy attending a Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.