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‘Thriller’ Songwriter Rod Temperton Passes Away at 66

Though you may not recognize his name, Rod Temperton is one of the best songwriters at the forefront of pop. Now that he has passed away at the age of 66, people are reminiscing about his best works, including Michael Jackson‘s hit “Thriller.”

Jon Platt, chairman of publisher Warner/Chappell, stated that Temperton died from “a brief aggressive battle with cancer.” He also added, “His family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times.”


Thankfully, his fans have his music to remember him by, and “Thriller” is one of the most exciting of his works. In addition to writing the music, he came up with the iconic title of the album¬†Thriller.

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Rod Temperton with Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson.

“I wrote two or three hundred titles and came up with ‘Midnight Man.’ I woke up the next morning and I said this word, ‘Thriller,'” Rod Temperton said in a previous interview.

In addition to working with the King of Pop, Rod Temperton also wrote for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. Some of his most famous songs include “Boogie Nights,” “The Groove Line,” “Give Me the Night” and “Baby Come to Me.”


Many other artists have been influenced by his compositions. Read more to see what their tributes on Twitter:

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