It has been a tough couple of weeks for R&B icons of yesteryear. Last week, the musical multi-hyphenate Kashif passed away. Yesterday, I saw in the news that Rod Temperton had passed away. Rather than me writing about Temperton’s history, you can read the obituary linked above from the New York Times.
For those who had never heard of him, Temperton was a former member of the disco-era group Heatwave and a songwriter of great renown. Some of the songs that he has written or co-written make a pretty decent soundtrack: “Rock With You” and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson for starters. “Boogie Nights” and “Always And Forever” by Heatwave. “Give Me The Night” by George Benson.
There are many more that I could list, some more memorable than others; but all of them of high quality. Rather than pick one and slight bunches of others, I’m going to link to two Old School Wednesday podcasts from a few years ago that were featured at the EJ Flavors website. EJ’s was one of the first podcasts I followed, primarily for his Old School Wednesdays, and he was kind enough to allow me to link to these podcasts.
Both of the podcasts are available as free downloads, if you’re interested. If so, go here for “Temperton One” and here for “Temperton Two.” Playlists for both podcasts, as well as instructions for downloading are listed there.
I have uploaded the first podcast for playback only, so technically it is the Morning Groove for today.
(used by permission from EJ Flavors, ©2010 ejflavors.com).
Here is the playlist for this first podcast:
01 – Stomp – The Brothers Johnson
02 – Boogie Nights – Heatwave
03 – Do You Love Me – Patti Austin
04 – Living In The Streets – Aretha Franklin
05 – The Dude – Quincy Jones
06 – Gettin’ To The Good Part – Herbie Hancock
07 – Rock With You – Michael Jackson
08 – Give Me the Night – George Benson
09 – Live In Me – Rufus & Chaka Khan
10 – One More Rhythm – James Ingram
11 – Sign Of The Times – Bob James
12 – Mystery – Manhattan Transfer
13 – Always and Forever – Heatwave
14 – The Secret Garden – Quincy Jones
15 – You Put A Move On My Heart – Mica Paris (also recorded by Tamia)
RIP Mr. Temperton. We’ve lost way too many of our musical icons this year. Please enjoy the music, and as always, thanks for reading and listening.
P.S. I decided to feature one Temperton song that I love after all. From Siedah Garrett, I picked “Nobody Does Me,” a song that I also included in my musical love letter.