Deke Richards dies, Richards wrote classics for Jackson 5, Diana Ross (+video)

Deke Richards, whose real name was Dennis Lussier, along with Motown founder Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell and Freddie Perren comprised 'The Corporation,' the label's in-house producers and writers in the 1960s and 1970s.

By

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

Deke Richards, who led the prolific songwriting and producing team at Motown Records that wrote for the Jackson 5 under the simple heading The Corporation, has died,Universal Music said on Monday.

Richards, 68, died on Sunday at the Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, Washington, surrounded by his immediate family, Universal Music said in a statement. He had been battling a long illness, it said.

Richards, whose real name was Dennis Lussier, along with Motown founder Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell and Freddie Perren comprised "The Corporation," the label's in-house producers and writers in the 1960s and 1970s.

Recommended: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The top 5 biggest omissions

The Corporation wrote and produced the Jackson 5's first three songs to reach No. 1: "I Want You Back," "ABC," and "The Love You Save," as well as many others, Universal said. Richards also wrote for Diana Ross, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, and other artists.

Richards is survived by his wife, Joan Lussier; his brother, Dane Lussier; and nephews Chris Lussier and Cory Lussier. (Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Catherine Evans)

Recommended: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The top 5 biggest omissions
Share this story:
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...