Thriller songwriter dies, aged 66
THE British songwriter who penned Michael Jackson's hit Thriller in the back of a taxi, having started his working life in a frozen fish factory, has died aged 66.
Rod Temperton, who also worked with artists including Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey, died last week after a "brief but aggressive battle with cancer", said Jon Platt, chairman and chief executive of publisher Warner/Chappell.
Temperton is said
to have come up with
much of Thriller in a taxi
as he travelled to the recording studio.
The Quincy Jones-produced album of the same name from which it came broke records when it was released in December 1982, becoming
the first to sell more than
30 million copies in the
Jackson, for whom Temperton also wrote Rock With You, died aged 50
on June 25, 2009, from
a lethal dose of sedatives.
Temperton was described on social media as "a great British songwriter" by former Culture Club singer Boy George, while rapper LL Cool J said "we have lost a true genius".
Born in Cleethorpes, northern England, Temperton worked for a while processing fish,
before joining disco outfit Heatwave, for whom he wrote the 1977 hit