Rod Temperton died recently. Although he never had a hit record under his own name, his fame as a songwriter, producer, and member of the band Heatwave insured that he will never be forgotten.
Although Temperton made his name in American R&B, he was born in Lincolnshire in England. His father didn’t read him bedtime stories. Instead he stuck a transistor radio in his crib. As a result, Pemberton’s interest in music began at a early age. Temperton played drums in his early bands, but after high school he went to work in a frozen food factory and played music on a part-time basis.