Vale, Songwriter Rod Temperton

If you’ve never heard the name Rod Temperton before, you’re probably not alone. The talented English songwriter, record producer and musician sadly passed away earlier this month, and it’s brought his name—and his songs—back into the spotlight. Temperton (also known as The Invisible Man) was a full-time musician soon after finishing school and went on to write several funk, soul and pop tunes that were incredibly successful—from George Benson’s “Give Me The Night” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Off The Wall,” and “Rock With You,” and tracks for Donna Summer and Anita Baker. While we might not all be familiar with Temperton the man, his music has left behind a powerful legacy that we can delve into. Visit the Guardian to learn more and listen to a playlist of some of his best songs.