Despite writing numerous hits for many artists and with Heatwave, I've always felt that Rod Temperton was an overlooked songwriting genius. Although his name was finally showing up as a Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee in recent years, he's yet to get inducted. The accolades may have been his sales and wealth that his songs brought him, but he deserved some late career awards.
Here's a list of my 20 favorite Rod Temperton songs.
And if you are on Spotify, then here's a link to a Playlist I made months before Temperton died (note Michael McDonald's "Sweet Freedom" is not on Spotify).
Rod Temperton Songbook
1. Rock With You - Michael Jackson
2. Give Me The Night - George Benson
3. Always & Forever - Heatwave
4. Stomp - Brothers Johnson
5. Groove Line - Heatwave
6. Off The Wall - Michael Jackson
7. Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald
8. Baby Come To Me - Patti Austin & James Ingram
9. Secret Garden - Quincy Jones w/El DeBarge, Barry White, Al B.Sure, James Ingram
10. Lady In My Life - Michel Jackson
11. Thriller - Michael Jackson
12. Boogie Nights - Heatwave
13. Love Is In Control - Donna Summer
14. Ain't No Half Steppin' - Heatwave
15. You Put A Move On My Heart - Mica Paris or Tamia
16. Gangsters of the Groove - Heatwave
17. Yah Mo B There - James Ingram w/Michael McDonald
18. Love X Love - George Benson
19. Dude - Quincy Jones
20. Leavin' For A Dream - Heatwave