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Motown producer Deke Richards dies aged 68

  • Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards died on Tuesday at the age of 68.

    Richards, who had oesophageal cancer, passed away in a Washington state hospice, according to Universal Music.

    The musician, whose real name was Dennis Lussier, headed the Motown songwriting, arranging and producing team, The Corporation.

    Their hits include The Jackson 5's I Want You Back and ABC.

    Richards also co-wrote Diana Ross and The Supremes’ Love Child as well as Ross's solo hit I'm Still Waiting.

    He also produced and wrote for Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Bobby Darin.