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Heard But Not Seen: How Rod Temperton Changed Pop

For a foundational architect of late ’70s and early ’80s dance music and a crafter of more than a dozen Hot 100 Top 20 hits, Rod Temperton is striking in his anonymity. Largely, that’s by design: Temperton—whose death last week, at 66 following a short battle with cancer, has just come to public light—chose to remain reclusive while writing massive hits for his own band Heatwave, and then Michael Jackson, George Benson, and many others.
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