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Profession: Record producer, Songwriter
Date of Birth: 1948
Nicknames: R. Temperton, Temperton, Rod
Country: England
Rod Temperton is an English songwriter, record producer and musician he has a net worth of $125 million. Rod Temperton has earned his net worth as a songwriter for many well-known stars such as Michael Jackson. He is credited for writing the title track for the best-selling album ever Jackson's "Thriller". He was born on October 15, 1947 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England; he attended the De Aston School in Market Rasen where he formed a musical group for school competitions. His first school fresh out of high school was at a frozen food company located in Grimsby. In 1974 after replying to an ad in the Melody Maker he became a member of the funk/disco group Heatwave founded by Johnnie Walker, Jr. Some of the group most popular hits include: Too Hot to Handle, Boogie Nights and Always and Forever. Another huge selling hit for Heatwave, The Groove Line came on their second album in 19979 called Central Heating. Temperton left Heatwave in 1979 to pursue writing full-time however, he still continued to compose songs for the band, and he relocated from Germany to Beverly Hills, California in 1980. He was a co-writer for the song "Miss Celie's Blues" which was included on the soundtrack of the movie The Color Purple, for which he received an Oscar nomination.
Rodney Lynn "Rod" Temperton (born October 15, 1947 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England) is an English songwriter, record producer and musician most famous for writing a number of songs performed by Michael Jackson, including the title track of Jackson's Thriller, the biggest-selling album of all time.
As Temperton remembers music was in his bones from an early age; "My father wasn't the kind of person who'd read you a story before you went off to sleep - he used to put a transistor radio in the crib, right on the pillow, and I'd go to sleep listening to Radio Luxemburg and I think that had an influence." Temperton attended the De Aston School in Market Rasen and he formed a group for the school's music competitions. He was a drummer at this time. "I'd get in the living room with my snare drum and my cymbal and play along to the Test Card, which was all kinds of music they'd be playing continuously." On leaving school he started working in the office of a frozen food company in Grimsby. He soon became a full-time musician however, a keyboard player now, and played in several dance bands, and this took him to Worms in Germany. In 1972 Temperton and guitarist Bernd Springer formed a soul cover band called Sundown Carousel. With Temperton on an old Hammond organ the band performed in clubs and GI bars in cities such as Mannheim.[citation needed] In 1974 he answered an advert in Melody Maker placed by Johnnie Wilder, Jr. and so became a member of the popular funk/disco band, Heatwave which Wilder was putting together at the time. "He was the first British guy that I had ever met personally. He spoke kind of funny but he had a good sense of humour and he was a very friendly guy. After meeting him and then seeing him play I kind of determined he was a good enough player and entertainer and I just knew he would fit in the group", said Wilder. Temperton played tunes he had been composing to Johnny Wilder, Jr.: "I was very interested because we were doing a lot of cover

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Meet the reclusive songwriter behind ‘Thriller’

In the new book “The Invisible Man,” by author Jed Pitman (out Sept. 1), the reclusive but gifted songwriter Rod Temperton (responsible for Vincent Price’s famous verses, among many others) is brought into the spotlight for the first time.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 1:50 pm

‘Thriller’ Songwriter Rod Temperton Dies In London At 66

Rod Temperton, a British-born musician and songwriter, died of cancer at age 66 (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images) LONDON (CBS/AP) — Rod Temperton, a British-born musician and songwriter with a singular knack for pop-funk who wrote the Michael ...
Posted: April 1, 2018, 5:00 am

Rod Temperton Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Rod Temperton was a songwriter best known for writing “Thriller” and “Rock With You,” two of Michael Jackson‘s biggest hits. He was also an Oscar nominee and a member of the Disco band Heatwave. Temperton died last week at age 68. Here’s a look ...
Posted: October 5, 2016, 7:29 pm
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