Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday 12-inch Flashback: ‘The Groove Line’

I like the thought of songwriters getting rich. Rod Temperton, an Englishman, wrote his first hit records – including this one – when he was in the funk band Heatwave.

Then he fell in tight with Quincy Jones and wrote such tunes as “Stomp!” (for the Brothers Johnson), “Give Me the Night” (for George Benson), “The Dude” and “Razzamatazz” (for Q himself), and “Rock With You,” “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” for Michael Jackson.

No surprise that Mr. Temperton reportedly owns homes in L.A., France, Switzerland and Fiji.

18 comments:

uglyblackjohn said...

"Leave your woman behind...."
Or so I thought they were saying back in the day.
THIS song was the ish.

lydia claire said...

OMG! love. this. song. backward skate anyone?

junebug said...

Yeah, lydia claire, THAT'S what I'm talkin' about! This and "Let's Start The Dance" by Hamilton Bohannon were the all time skating classics! Couples only, y'all! Couples only!

Must Love Movies said...

awhhhhhhhhhhhhh yea
i'm booty bumping you from overseas

Kellybelle said...

Ooo-up ooo-up! Thanks for the racialicious article over in the side bar!

junebug said...

@ Must Love Movies

Girl, you tryin' to turn me on? LOL

Anonymous said...

Next thing you know somebody will say Teena Marie is white,too.

Invisible Woman said...

damn!! i never, ever, ever knew that dude was yt, lol. for some reason i always thought rod was actually IN heatwave...he wrote some of my favorite songs ever.

i really love learning and getting excited about things that probably only 2 other people care about :-)

Must Love Movies said...

@ junebug haha you are funny
@ kellybelle i was on it too

Undercover Black Man said...

damn!! i never, ever, ever knew that dude was yt, lol.

Heh heh. Yeah, he's got one of those headfake names, IW. Early on, I think I assumed black Brit.

Geneva Girl said...

Dang! I didn't know he was white and I thought he was in the band. I LOVED Heatwave!! I'll never forget slow dancing to Always and Forever and the idiot guy insisted on singing in my ear - but he was tone deaf. Funny memories.

Must Love Movies said...

ubm have you heard this one on the radio yet ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QQa4ijk_94

lydia claire said...

ok. rod temperton. "stomp" too? excellent. thank you. junebug and i are going to go lace up and hit the floor now...

bklyn6 said...

when he was in the funk band Heatwave.

I vaguely remember the white guy in the band. But I'd heard his name before. Then I watched a documentary on Quincy Jones. That's when I learned how funky Rod Temperton is. :-)

Invisible Woman said...

^oh, so he was in heatwave? ok, guess i was really confused :-)

Undercover Black Man said...

^ I made a quick edit to clarify that fact, IW.

Invisible Woman said...

wow...

http://www.heatwave72.com/heatwave_bio_pic.jpg

Anonymous said...

post war English very very different from American white.