The Invisible Man: The Story of Rod Temperton, the 'Thriller' Songwriter Hardcover – 1 Jun 2017
by Jed Pitman (Author)
Out this month via both kindle and hardcover editions, can view the Kindle preview below
The Invisible Man tells the remarkable story of how Rod Temperton worked his way up from a Grimsby fish factory to become one of the most successful songwriters of all time. Born in Cleethorpes in 1949, Temperton embarked on a career in music with the funk band Heatwave, for whom he wrote the international hits ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Always and Forever’, before his songwriting talent caught the attention of Michael Jackson’s legendary producer, Quincy Jones. For Jackson’s Off the Wall album, Temperton penned both the hit ‘Rock with You’ and the album’s title track. Three years later, continuing his relationship with the pair, Temperton started work on what would become the bestselling album of all time – Michael Jackson’s Thriller – writing three songs, including the now legendary title track. And yet despite collaborating with some of music’s biggest stars, including Donna Summer and Michael McDonald, Temperton was famously reclusive and seldom gave interviews, one of the exceptions being for author Jed Pitman’s Sony Award-winning radio documentary on Temperton allowed him unprecedented access to the great man.
About the Author
Jed Pitman is a radio producer and author. He produced the documentary The Invisible Man: The Rod Temperton Story for BBC Radio 2, which won a host of awards, including a Sony Award for best documentary. He co-wrote former England cricketer Chris Lewis' autobiography Crazy (The History Press, 2017).