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King Of Pop [Oct. 6th, 2016|10:36 am]
Tony Grist
I'd always sort of imagined- because of how everyone called him a genius-  that Michael Jackson wrote his own material (with a little help from Quincy Jones perhaps.) Turns out I should have read the sleeve notes. Some of his biggest hits- including Thriller (than which nothing is more Jacksonish)- were written by a doughy-faced man from Cleethorpes.

Rod Temperton died last week- the greatest British songwriter you'd never heard of.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-10-06 10:40 am (UTC)
I followed the band Heatwave before he left them. Great British soul and funk.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-10-06 11:07 am (UTC)
I'd never heard of him...
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[User Picture]From: kamomil
2016-10-06 10:53 am (UTC)
I remember his name from reading the Thriller liner notes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-10-06 11:09 am (UTC)
He wrote songs for many big American singers- George Benson, Donna Summer. Amazing!
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2016-10-07 12:40 am (UTC)
We're trying to decide on a song for our first dance, and Heatwave's "Always and Forever" is on the short list.

Temperton has certainly provided me with hours of listening pleasure over the last four decades, so many good songs that I'm a bit embarrassed to only know learn who was behind them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-10-07 08:21 am (UTC)
One of pop culture's back room boys.
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