‘Thriller’ song­writer Rod Tem­per­ton, 66

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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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.

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