Oct 07, 2016

    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

    United States.

    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

    Boogie Nights.