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Goodbye….”Invisible Man”

Rod Temperton passes away in London

Rod Temperton, British composer and musician, died last week following a brief battle with cancer. He was 66.

Often referred to as “The Invisible Man,” Temperton  wrote songs such as ‘Thriller,’ ‘Off The Wall,’ ‘Rock With You,’ [George Benson’s] ‘Give Me The Night,’ [Michael McDonald’s] ‘Sweet Freedom,’ [Heatwave’s] ‘Always & Forever’ and ‘Boogie Nights’ to name just a few.

Temperton served as keyboardist and primary songwriter for the disco-funk outfit Heatwave, including that group’s smash singles “Boogie Nights” and “Always and Forever.” After two albums as a performer with Heatwave – 1976’s Too Hot to Handle and 1978’s Central Heating – Temperton segued into a full-time songwriter role.


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