Temperton: One

The inspiration for this came from TV One’s Unsung and the episode on Heatwave. Presenting:

Old School Weekly: Temperton: One

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01 – Stomp – The Brothers Johnson
02 – Boogie Nights – Heatwave
03 – Do You Love Me – Patti Austin
04 – Living In The Streets – Aretha Franklin
05 – The Dude – Quincy Jones
06 – Gettin’ To The Good Part – Herbie Hancock
07 – Rock With You – Michael Jackson
08 – Give Me the Night – George Benson
09 – Live In Me – Rufus & Chaka Khan
10 – One More Rhythm – James Ingram
11 – Sign Of The Times – Bob James
12 – Mystery – Manhattan Transfer
13 – Always and Forever – Heatwave
14 – The Secret Garden – Quincy Jones
15 – You Put A Move On My Heart – Mica Paris

Rod Temperton was one of the original members of the group Heatwave. After meeting Quincy Jones, he became a superstar from behind the scenes, and was sought after by a host of people you see above. He has been so prolific that it goes without saying that you can expect Volume 2 to appear soon. The tracks that grabbed my attention are the ones from George, and Rufus, since they are staples of mine, but being able to unearth tracks from James Ingram, Bob James, and Aretha was a nice touch, since I had never heard them before. Big ups to T. Grundy and Theresa. Got requests? Send an email to ejflavors at gmail dot com. For those who’d like to subscribe to these podcasts, enter this link manually into iTunes. Also, please be sure to check out on GROOVMNT always keepin’ you in the loop. Take it light.

12 comments on “Temperton: One

  1. James madison says:

    Timeless material. Rod has been doing his thing since I was in kindergarten.

    A lot of the contemporary writers should take note and stop making their work “trendy” and make it classic.

    It will go a long way in their longevity and catalogue.

    Rod Temperton knows.

  2. EJ says:

    Exactly. The man knew what he was doing. I was sad not to see him do an interview on Unsung, would really like to see the guy this day and age.

    1. James madison says:

      I know what you mean. I wanted to see an interview too. I have a feeling he does not want to be asked about Michael.

      So many people are acting like vultures on the subject, so it seems that he is taking the road less traveled.

      Around 07′ I was trying to put together a writers round table of writers. Rod was at the top of the list!

  3. Kelly says:

    I LOVE ROD TEMPERTON!!!! Not a particularly imaginative response to this podcast, but I had to share my joy! As you were…

    1. EJ says:

      Kelly, I have no shame. I have been rocking this all day and will continue to rock it for a while…..

  4. Thierno says:

    EJ, only u can do this… as I used to call it ‘Edutainment’. Man, what I wouldn’t give to sit in on those Quincy Jones sessions……of course, I’m assuming Q produced most of these tunes. All those amazing musicians. Hadn’t heard that Aretha song b4. Love it!!!! Thank u. Peace

    1. EJ says:

      That Aretha track is good, isn’t it? I had to enlist the help from another blogger to track it down. The Patti Austin one is a track I hadn’t heard in a while, and I had never heard the James Ingram track either.

  5. Mr Mike says:

    I had to backtrack and get this one – EJ I Love this! Thanks for ALL your efforts!

  6. Thierno says:

    I went back to read read the production credits on that Aretha song and the album it’s on, ‘Love all the Hurt Away’. Evidently, the late Great Arif Mardin produced it, although, IMHO, the arrangements (at least on that song) are quite reminscent of Q’s, from the rhythm guitar, horns, Vox & synths… Anyway, a great track.

  7. Rod M. says:

    Man, EJ, I can’t tell you how the Temperton podcasts not only took me back, but I also managed to get some work done! (Yep, am playing these bad boys at the J-O-B, and it’s also helping my co-worker get her work done, too!) I didn’t realize he wrote so many songs! Just thanks so much for this…

  8. 123funk4me says:

    Fantastic mix this one EJ, the man is such a talent and to echo some of the other comments here, I didn’t realise he’d written so many great tunes. Lovin Manhattan Transfer ‘Mystery’ track, not heard that one before, nice and laid back. Thanks EJ……

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