Rodney Lynn “Rod” Temperton was born on October 9, 1947, and died in 2016.
He was an English songwriter, record producer, and musician from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England.
Initially, Rod made his mark as the keyboardist and main songwriter for the R&B funk/disco band Heatwave before writing several internationally known songs performed by Michael Jackson, including mega-hit “Thriller” as well as “Off the Wall”, “Rock with You,” and numerous others.
Rod’s death from cancer was reported by his publisher on 5 October 2016.
Rod Temperton passed away at 68 years old.