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Rodney Lynn Temperton net worth:
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Rodney Lynn Temperton was born on 9 October 1949, in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, and was an English songwriter, record producer and musician, best known as the keyboardist and main songwriter of the band Heatwave, and for writing two of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, “Thriller” and “Rock With You”.

A noted songwriter, how wealthy was Rod Temperton? According to sources, Temperton had amassed a net worth of over $125 million, acquired largely through his involvement in music. His assets included homes in Los Angeles, the south of France, Switzerland, Fiji and the south east of England.

Rod Temperton Net Worth $125 Million

Temperton grew up in Lincolnshire where he attended De Aston Grammar School in Market Rasen. While at school, he was a drummer who formed a group for the school’s music competitions.

Upon his matriculation, he began to work in a frozen food company, but concurrently he started to play keyboards in several dance bands. Then in 1974, he met Johnnie Wilder, who at the time was forming a band. The two began performing in London clubs under the name Chicago Heatwave, with Rod as both the keyboardist and the main songwriter of the band.

Soon Wilder’s brother, Keith Wilder, joined them on vocals, and they became known as Heatwave. In 1976 the band signed with GTO Records, gaining additional members and releasing their debut album “Too Hot to Handle” the same year in the UK, and in 1977 in the USA. It spawned the hit singles “Boogie Night” and “Always and Forever”, both going platinum. Their second album, the 1978 “Central Heating”, contained another platinum hit, “The Groove Line”. The band’s popularity started to grow, which greatly contributed to Temperton’s net worth.

However, in the late ’70s he decided to leave Heatwave, but continued to write songs for them, as well as for various other artists, quickly establishing himself as one of the major songwriters in the industry.

In 1979, Temperton began a long collaboration with Quincy Jones. At the same time, Michael Jackson was working on his first solo album in four years, entitled “Off the Wall”, and Jones chose Temperton to write songs for it. He wrote three songs, including “Rock with You” which became one of the biggest hits of the star. They continued their collaboration on Jackson’s 1982 album “Thriller”, with Temperton providing the same amount of material as for the previous album, including the spectacular title song. “Thriller” became the biggest-selling album of all time, with uncorroborated sales surpassing 65 million copies, and winning eight Grammys. Temperton’s involvement in Jackson’s albums significantly improved his status, and considerably added to his net worth.

Aside from Jackson, Temperton also collaborated and wrote songs for other major names in music, such as Rufus & Chaka Khan, the Brothers Johnson, George Benson, Patti Austin, Donna Summer, Mica Paris among others, which also contributed to his fame and fortune. His work on “Birdland” from Quincy Jones’s album “Back on the Block” earned him a Grammy Award.

Along with Jones and Lionel Richie, Temperton wrote the song “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)” for the 1985 film “The Color Purple”, which earned him a nomination for the Best Original Song Oscar, and for Best Original Score. He then wrote five songs and composed the score of the 1986 film “Running Score”.

When it comes to his personal life, Temperton was married to Kathy until his death from cancer in 2016, but other details regarding his private life remain unknown to the public.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Lucha Mexico 2016 Documentary writer: "THRILLER"
Britain's Got Talent 2012-2016 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Amor & Sexo 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Benidorm 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall 2016 Documentary writer: "Burn This Disco Out", "Off The Wall", "Rock With You" - as Rodney Lynn Temperton, uncredited
Mike & Mike 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Magic Mike XXL 2015 writer: "The Groove Line"
The 10 Faces of Michael Jackson 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: "Rock With You" 1979, "Thriller" 1983
Halloween on Dartmoor 2014 Video short writer: "Thriller"
Strictly Come Dancing 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Samba 2014 writer: "Stomp"
Ochéntame... otra vez 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Danville 2nd Ward Young Men 2010-2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013 writer: "The Groove Line"
EastEnders 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Halloween Thriller: Rise of the Zombie 2013 Short writer: "Thriller"
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
t Schaep met de 5 pooten 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Twenty Feet from Stardom 2013 Documentary writer: "Thriller"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011-2012 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
220 Volts 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap 2010-2012 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2007-2011 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Thriller Night 2011 Short writer: "Thriller"
American Dad! 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2007-2011 TV Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
Tosh.0 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
X Factor 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2010 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Art Of... When You're Hot, Young, Poor and a Filmmaker! 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 5 O'Clock Show 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
SOKO Stuttgart 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gopnik 2010 Short writer: "Gopnik"
This Is It 2009 Documentary writer: "Thriller"
Dancing with the Stars 2006-2009 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
This Morning 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jangan pandang belakang congkak 2009 writer: "Thriller"
Saturday Night Live 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Familjen Babajou 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Witnessing Headlines 2008 Documentary writer: "Thriller"
Yes Man 2008 writer: "Stomp!"
Banda sonora 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sex: The Revolution 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Charlie Wilson's War 2007 writer: "Stomp"
L'isola dei famosi 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Your Song 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol 2007 Video Game "Rock with You"
Australian Idol 2004-2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Break-Up 2006 writer: "Boogie Nights"
Idols! 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brice de Nice 2005 writer: "Le casse de Brice Give Me the Night", "Le casse de Brice Radio Mix"
Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri Oteri 2004 TV Special documentary writer: "Always and Forever" - uncredited
Indonesian Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
13 Going on 30 2004 writer: "Thriller"
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol 2002-2004 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Pop Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 TV Series documentary writer: "Rock With You"
Canadian Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Living with Michael Jackson: A Tonight Special 2003 TV Special documentary writer: "Thriller"
I Love the '80s 2002 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
My Own Private Oshawa 2002 TV Special writer: "Boogie Nights"
Night Fever 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boiler Room 2000 writer: "Keepin' the Faith"
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? 1999 writer: "Boogie Nights"
Summer of Sam 1999 writer: "Boogie Nights" 1975
Among Giants 1998 writer: "The Groove Line"
Stars in Their Eyes 1993-1997 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Sprung 1997 writer: "The Secret Garden"
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special writer: "Thriller' - uncredited
Monte Video 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
South Central 1992 writer: "The Groove Line"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Whatever Happened to Mason Reese 1990 Short writer: "Boogie Nights"
House Party 1990 lyrics: "Always and Forever" / music: "Always and Forever"
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Moonwalker 1988 writer: "Rock With You", "Thriller"
Dynasty 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
DTV Monster Hits 1987 TV Movie writer: "Thriller"
Running Scared 1986 producer: "Sweet Freedom" / writer: "Sweet Freedom", "Sweet Freedom" by nm3575178
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special writer: "Miss Celie's Blues Sister"
New American Bandstand 1965 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Color Purple 1985 lyrics: "Miss Celie's Blues Sister", "Makidada" / music: "Miss Celie's Blues Sister" / writer: "Sister's Theme", "Proud Theme"
Lost in America 1985 writer: "Love Is in Control Finger on the Trigger"
The Magic of David Copperfield VII: Familiares 1985 TV Special writer: "Thriller"
Shake, Rattle & Roll 1984 writer: "Thriller"
Revenge of the Nerds 1984 writer: "Thriller"
WWF Championship Wrestling 1984 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Hot Dog... The Movie 1984 writer: "Do You Love Me?"
The Making of 'Thriller' 1983 Video documentary writer: "Off The Wall", "Thriller"
Michael Jackson: Thriller 1983 Video short writer: "Thriller"
Fame TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1983 music - 1 episode, 1983
Donna Summer: A Hot Summer Night 1983 TV Movie writer: "Love Is in Control Finger on the Trigger"
Top of the Pops 1977-1980 TV Series writer - 14 episodes
Skatetown, U.S.A. 1979 writer: "Boogie Nights"
Sunburn 1979 writer: "One Night Tan", "This Night We Fell"
Escape to Athena 1979 writer: "Keep Tomorrow For Me"
The Midnight Special 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eyes of Laura Mars 1978 writer: "Boogie Nights"
The Carpenters... Space Encounters 1978 TV Special writer: "Boogie Nights"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Selvsving Galla 2015 TV Movie music by
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 TV Special documentary songs by
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II 1997 Video documentary composer: song "Thriller"
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory 1995 Video documentary composer: songs "Rock With You" and "Thriller"
Running Scared 1986 music producer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Running Scared 1986

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mexican Thriller 2016 Short in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Q: The Man 2009 Video documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films The Color Purple (1985) · Quincy Jones
· Chris Boardman
· Jorge Calandrelli
· Andraé Crouch
· Jack Hayes
· Joel Rosenbaum
· Fred Steiner
1987 ASCAP Award ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures Running Scared (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Running Scared (1986)
1986 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song The Color Purple (1985) · Quincy Jones (music/lyrics)
· Lionel Richie (lyrics)
1986 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Score The Color Purple (1985) · Quincy Jones
· Jeremy Lubbock
· Caiphus Semenya
· Andraé Crouch
· Chris Boardman
· Jorge Calandrelli
· Joel Rosenbaum
· Fred Steiner
· Jack Hayes
· Jerry Hey
· Randy Kerber


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#Fact
1 Wrote for Michael Jackson, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Manhattan Transfer, Lionel Richie, Karen Carpenter and countless others.
2 Extraordinarily prolific, yet self-effacing British songwriter who began as a singer while serving with the US army in West Germany. He was subsequently a member of several groups, including Sundown Carousel (in Germany) and The Hammer. His first claim to fame was a s keyboardist for the funk band Heatwave. Temperton was recruited by Quincy Jones in 1978 as a songwriter and formed a successful partnership with Jones and recording engineer Bruce Swedien, dubbed The A-Team'. Among his numerous hits are the title track for Michael Jackson's 'Off the Wall', plus 'Rock With You' and 'Give Me the Night' (1980, a George Benson mega hit).
3 Wrote and recorded his band Heatwave's R&B hit "Always and Forever" (1977) that was memorably covered by Luther Vandross in 1995.
4 Was the keyboard player for Heatwave.
5 Songwriter. His songs were recorded by George Benson Donna Summer and Herbie Hancock before he was used by Quincy Jones for Michael Jackson.


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