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Rod Temperton

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Rodney Lynn “Rod” Temperton (born 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. 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.

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  • mikesmusic107

    You guys are missing the point. This guy was responsible for some of Jackson's greatist hits. If not for him the album Thiller would not have been the great sucess it was. UnfortunatelyGr you are absolutely right... Shame that every single post here so far is a complaint about an apparent Last.fm bug, rather than a tribute to one of the great songwriters of the late 20th century. Off The Wall, Thriller, Rock With You, Boogie Nights, Give Me The Night, Stomp!, Always And Forever, The Groove Line, The Lady In My Life, Look After Love... the list of his great compositions is a very long one. (2)

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • D_CAMUS

    What the fuck is that. I listened to Michael Jackon !!! [6]

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    Shame that every single post here so far is a complaint about an apparent Last.fm bug, rather than a tribute to one of the great songwriters of the late 20th century. Off The Wall, Thriller, Rock With You, Boogie Nights, Give Me The Night, Stomp!, Always And Forever, The Groove Line, The Lady In My Life, Look After Love... the list of his great compositions is a very long one.

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • heaventree22

    get him off MY wall!!!

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Nicast

    LOL !

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • mushyshellz

    What the fuck is that. I listened to Michael Jackon !!! [4]

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Just-In_Best

    What the fuck is that. I listened to Michael Jackon !!! [3]

    30 Aug 2010 Reply
  • CamillaJackson

    What the fuck is that. I listened to Michael Jackon !!! [2

    24 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Amilven

    fail fail fail :[

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • privatefifi

    talk about off the wall - you're not Michael Jackson

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ManDirky

    my songs are getting scrobbled how it should be. but my ALBUM PLAYS are f****d up. last.fm or the labels should stop uploading albums under the wrong artist name. I got my tags right, last.fm fails at this point. the same problem with a lot of other albums...

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • u-neeks

    lol.. that why I got 1 play after listen to the whole album.

    9 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Arthur_Lima

    fail .-.

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Femari

    Wow. Fail by last.fm

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Ubootakaivloss

    Last.fm repair that i wanna listen M.J. no the song writer. EPIC FAIL

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ferrumoff

    The same thing here. Last.fm never stops to fail.

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
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