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Deke Richard dies, leaves legacy of 'Jackson 5' songs (+video)

Deke Richards dies: The Motown producer-songwriter produced hits for the Jackson 5 and Diana Ross. Deke Richards also wrote songs for Martha Reeves & the Vandelllas. 

By StaffAssociated Press / March 26, 2013

The Jackson 5 sing 'ABC' on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970.

Bellingham, Wash.

Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards has died at a hospice at age 68.

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Richards, whose real name was Dennis Lussier, died Sunday at the Whatcom Hospice House, Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center spokeswoman Amy Cloud confirmed Monday.

As leader of the Motown songwriting, arranging and producing team known as The Corporation, Richards was involved in writing and producing many Jackson 5 hits, the Universal Music release said. Those songs included the Jackson 5's first three No. 1 hits — "I Want You Back," ''ABC," and "The Love You Save."

He also co-wrote "Love Child" for Diana Ross & The Supremes, as well as Ross' solo "I'm Still Waiting."

Other recording artists for whom Richards produced or wrote songs include Bobby Darina and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Lussier, a brother and two nephews.

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