Rod Temperton Net Worth

Rod Temperton Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Rodney Lynn Temperton net worth is
$125 Million

Rodney Lynn Temperton Wiki Biography

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.

Full NameRod Temperton
Net Worth$125 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 9, 1949 Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
DiedSeptember/October 2016 (aged 66) London, England
ProfessionRecord producer, Songwriter, Musician
EducationDe Aston Grammar School, Market Rasen
SpouseKathy Temperton
NicknamesR. Temperton , Rodney Lynn Temperton
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella (1991), ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films/Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures(1987)
Record LabelsWarner/Chappell, Epic Records, GTO Records
Albums"Back on the Block" (1989), "The Color Purple" (1985), "Thriller" (1982), "Off the Wall" (1979), "Too Hot to Handle" (1976), "Central Heating" (1978)
NominationsOscar for Best Music, Original Song/Best Music, Original Score (1986), Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture (1987)
MoviesRunning Scared (1986)
1Wrote for Michael Jackson, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Manhattan Transfer, Lionel Richie, Karen Carpenter and countless others.
2Extraordinarily 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).
3Wrote and recorded his band Heatwave's R&B hit "Always and Forever" (1977) that was memorably covered by Luther Vandross in 1995.
4Was the keyboard player for Heatwave.
5Songwriter. 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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Britain's Got Talent2012-2016TV Series writer - 4 episodes
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Amor & Sexo2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Benidorm2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall2016Documentary writer: "Burn This Disco Out", "Off The Wall", "Rock With You" - as Rodney Lynn Temperton, uncredited
Mike & Mike2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Magic Mike XXL2015writer: "The Groove Line"
The 10 Faces of Michael Jackson2015TV Movie documentary writer: "Rock With You" 1979, "Thriller" 1983
Halloween on Dartmoor2014Video short writer: "Thriller"
Strictly Come Dancing2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Samba2014writer: "Stomp"
Ochéntame... otra vez2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Danville 2nd Ward Young Men2010-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues2013writer: "The Groove Line"
EastEnders2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Halloween Thriller: Rise of the Zombie2013Short writer: "Thriller"
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
t Schaep met de 5 pooten2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013Documentary writer: "Thriller"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2012TV Series writer - 4 episodes
One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
220 Volts2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap2010-2012TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor2007-2011TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Thriller Night2011Short writer: "Thriller"
American Dad!2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 12007-2011TV Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
Tosh.02011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
X Factor2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Formula 1: BBC Sport2010TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Art Of... When You're Hot, Young, Poor and a Filmmaker!2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 5 O'Clock Show2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
SOKO Stuttgart2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gopnik2010Short writer: "Gopnik"
This Is It2009Documentary writer: "Thriller"
Dancing with the Stars2006-2009TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Welcome to the 80's2009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
This Morning2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jangan pandang belakang congkak2009writer: "Thriller"
Saturday Night Live2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Familjen Babajou2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Witnessing Headlines2008Documentary writer: "Thriller"
Yes Man2008writer: "Stomp!"
Banda sonora2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sex: The Revolution2008TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Charlie Wilson's War2007writer: "Stomp"
L'isola dei famosi2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Your Song2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol2007Video Game "Rock with You"
Australian Idol2004-2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Break-Up2006writer: "Boogie Nights"
Idols!2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brice de Nice2005writer: "Le casse de Brice Give Me the Night", "Le casse de Brice Radio Mix"
Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri Oteri2004TV Special documentary writer: "Always and Forever" - uncredited
Indonesian Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
13 Going on 302004writer: "Thriller"
New Zealand Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Idol2002-2004TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Pop Idol2003TV Series writer - 2 episodes
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentary writer: "Rock With You"
Canadian Idol2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Living with Michael Jackson: A Tonight Special2003TV Special documentary writer: "Thriller"
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
My Own Private Oshawa2002TV Special writer: "Boogie Nights"
Night Fever2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Boiler Room2000writer: "Keepin' the Faith"
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?1999writer: "Boogie Nights"
Summer of Sam1999writer: "Boogie Nights" 1975
Among Giants1998writer: "The Groove Line"
Stars in Their Eyes1993-1997TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Sprung1997writer: "The Secret Garden"
Brit Awards 19961996TV Special writer: "Thriller' - uncredited
Monte Video1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
South Central1992writer: "The Groove Line"
Mystery Science Theater 30001991TV Series writer - 1 episode
Whatever Happened to Mason Reese1990Short writer: "Boogie Nights"
House Party1990lyrics: "Always and Forever" / music: "Always and Forever"
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!1989TV Series writer - 1 episode
Moonwalker1988writer: "Rock With You", "Thriller"
Dynasty1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
DTV Monster Hits1987TV Movie writer: "Thriller"
Running Scared1986producer: "Sweet Freedom" / writer: "Sweet Freedom", "Sweet Freedom" by nm3575178
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV Special writer: "Miss Celie's Blues Sister"
New American Bandstand 19651985TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Color Purple1985lyrics: "Miss Celie's Blues Sister", "Makidada" / music: "Miss Celie's Blues Sister" / writer: "Sister's Theme", "Proud Theme"
Lost in America1985writer: "Love Is in Control Finger on the Trigger"
The Magic of David Copperfield VII: Familiares1985TV Special writer: "Thriller"
Shake, Rattle & Roll1984writer: "Thriller"
Revenge of the Nerds1984writer: "Thriller"
WWF Championship Wrestling1984TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Hot Dog... The Movie1984writer: "Do You Love Me?"
The Making of 'Thriller'1983Video documentary writer: "Off The Wall", "Thriller"
Michael Jackson: Thriller1983Video short writer: "Thriller"
FameTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1983 music - 1 episode, 1983
Donna Summer: A Hot Summer Night1983TV Movie writer: "Love Is in Control Finger on the Trigger"
Top of the Pops1977-1980TV Series writer - 14 episodes
Skatetown, U.S.A.1979writer: "Boogie Nights"
Sunburn1979writer: "One Night Tan", "This Night We Fell"
Escape to Athena1979writer: "Keep Tomorrow For Me"
The Midnight Special1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
Eyes of Laura Mars1978writer: "Boogie Nights"
The Carpenters... Space Encounters1978TV Special writer: "Boogie Nights"

Music Department

Selvsving Galla2015TV Movie music by
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentary songs by
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II1997Video documentary composer: song "Thriller"
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory1995Video documentary composer: songs "Rock With You" and "Thriller"
Running Scared1986music producer


Running Scared1986


Mexican Thriller2016Short in memory of


Q: The Man2009Video documentaryHimself

Won Awards

1987ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop Box Office FilmsThe Color Purple (1985)
1987ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsMost Performed Songs from Motion PicturesRunning Scared (1986)

Nominated Awards

1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureRunning Scared (1986)
1986OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original SongThe Color Purple (1985)
1986OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original ScoreThe Color Purple (1985)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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