Jackson 5 Songwriter, Producer Deke Richards Dies

Deke Richards

Deke Richards, the Motown producer who co-wrote the Jackson 5′s first three #1 hit records has died at age 68.

CBS News reports that Richards died Sunday at a hospice in Bellingham, Washington, following a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer.

Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, appointed Richards and 2 other talented songwriters, Fonce Mizell and Freddie Perren, to craft hits for the Jackson 5 who were signed to the record label in 1968. Richards, Mizell, Perren and Gordy dubbed themselves “The Corporation”.

Together they were responsible for giving the Jackson 5 the biggest hits of their careers, including number 1 hits “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” and “The Love You Save.”

He also wrote “Love child” for Diana Ross and The Supremes.

For his last music project — a collection of rare Motown singles titled Jackson 5 Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls — Richards recalled the first time he saw a 10-year-old Michael Jackson perform with his brothers at a Motown meet and greet.

“My jaw dropped to the floor. I didn’t know how else to respond to seeing Frankie Lymon, James Brown and Jackie Wilson portrayed by the same little cat at the same time… If you ever heard a young entertainer sing his or her heart out once in your life, I don’t care who it was and where it happened, I guarantee you: the experience was nothing like the night I saw Michael Jackson and his four brothers. When the performance was over, everyone knew they had just witnessed something very special; something just short of a miracle, and as close as you can come to a phenomenon.



 


91 Responses to “Jackson 5 Songwriter, Producer Deke Richards Dies”

  1. 1
    iAmChan says:

    RIP…I Want You Back, and The Love You Save are a couple of favs.

  2. 2
    Unshakable says:

    RIP Mr. Richards….thank you for your invaluable contribution to real music. At least you won’t have to deal with the garbage out here today that’s considered “real music.” :yes:

  3. 3
    Unshakable says:

    @Chan – Good early morning, my fellow Sandraite! :hahaha:

  4. 4
    KrayZKat says:

    RIP, man. I remember him from back in the day.

  5. 5
    Pickachu Tran says:

    Unshakable says:

    @Chan – Good early morning, my fellow Sandraite!
    _______________________

    :rofl: Sandraite

    R.I.P Deke

  6. 6
    cougar lover says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! not D.R. :crying:

  7. 7
    Nakeya_j says:

    Good Morning everyone!

  8. 8

    Good Morning…day after turning 40 and I feel great! But I can’t hear anything because my bones are making too much noise when I stand.

    RIP!

  9. 9
    FuturedocDonte says:

    :whistle:

    Oh baby give me one mo chance….

    Morning All :waves:

  10. 10

    Aww.. RIP to a great song writer

    Morning all

  11. 11
    NaijaGal says:

    :whistle:

    When we played tag in grade school
    You wanted to be it
    But chasing boys was just a fad
    You crossed your heart you’d quit

    When we grew up you traded
    Your promise for my ring
    Now just like back to grade school
    You’re doing the same old thing

    Stop the love you save may be your own
    Darling, take it slow
    Or some day you’ll be all alone
    You’d better stop the love you save may be your own
    Darling, look both ways before you cross me
    You’re headed for the danger zone
    :danban: :dance:

  12. 12
    MissTaken says:

    RIP.
    Good Morning :hi:

  13. 13
    Milky says:

    Good morning
    Naija :kiss:
    Razzle dazzle
    Future
    Ynh
    Nakeya :hug:
    Pickachu

  14. 14
    Nakeya_j says:

    :hug: Morning Milky!

  15. 15
    NaijaGal says:

    MILKY :kiss:

  16. 16
    GAGIRL87 says:

    esophageal cancer

    ______________________________________________________________________

    :cry: RIP

  17. 17

    So yesterday marked the one year anniversary of ex hubby’s bday and late last night I got a call that a cousin was killed. Shot in the head with a family friend. I’m really starting to hate my birth date.

  18. 18
    GAGIRL87 says:

    @ Naija :hug:

    @ YourNameHere Happy belated birthday!

    Nakeya, Chan, Milky, Unshakeable, Razzle, Future, Cougar everydaymn body :hi:

  19. 19
    GAGIRL87 says:

    I’m really starting to hate my birth date.
    ___________________________________________________________________

    Awwww don’t :hug:

  20. 20
    MissTaken says:

    They always ale the good ones…Whitney gone, Mike gone….but Petey Pablo and Chingy still breathing *fights their air a la OTB* :karate:

  21. 21
    MissTaken says:

    (take) the good ones…darn phone

  22. 22
    NaijaGal says:

    GAGIRL :hug: get it beautiful :thumbsup:

  23. 23
    GAGIRL87 says:

    but Petey Pablo and Chingy still breathing
    ___________________________________________________________________

    Where did those names come from :rofl:

  24. 24
    NaijaGal says:

    YNH – don’t let the devil take your joy boo :hug: you’ve seen 40 years, that’s an amazing feat…you have wonderful children who adore you immensely…you have so much to celebrate that the devil is trying to take you down, don’t let it win :hug: :kiss:

  25. 25
    MissTaken says:

    Your Name Here: I am sorry these things keeping happening to you and your family. I am confident better days are in store :hugs:

  26. 26
    GAGIRL87 says:

    @ Naija :oops: <<<< really blushing lol

  27. 27
    eastpointvet says:

    just crazy that now a days everybody has camera phones and stuff so legendary stuff like this that was never recorded would be on youtube before the audition was over

  28. 28
    MissTaken says:

    but Petey Pablo and Chingy still breathing
    __________________________________________
    Where did those names come from
    by GAGIRL87 on Mar 26, 2013 at 8:39 am
    —————–
    :rofl: I was watching Drumline the other day…as for Chingy chile irrelevance brought him I mind

  29. 29
    Pickachu Tran says:

    GAGIRL87 says:

    but Petey Pablo and Chingy still breathing

    _________________________

    :blink: did we just take a nose dive back too 2002 or what

  30. 30
    FuturedocDonte says:

    :offtopic: I’m about to change my handle to AlwaysLate… cuz I’m always late on some shat.

    Chan I just read them SR chronicles and :claps: Bravo

    Has anybody heard from caramel>Kenya>purple>acid rain? Did ya’ll put her in the lost and found box? :thinking:

  31. 31
    Milky says:

    @ynh :hug:

  32. 32
    luVn_liFe... says:

    Morning roses . . NaiJa :happy:
    CHAN
    Donte
    Unshakeable
    MissTaken
    GaGaGirl :kiss:
    Eastpoint
    Tran
    YNH
    RAZZLE :hug:
    Nakeya
    KrayZKat
    cougar
    MILKY :kiss:

    `

    `

    May he Rest in Peace,thats a Horrid Cancer :no:

  33. 33
    Trendsetter says:

    Morning Roses and Thorns…

  34. 34
    NaijaGal says:

    LUV N :happy: morning chica

  35. 35
    Nakeya_j says:

    Did ya’ll put her in the lost and (Never) found box?

    #fixed

  36. 36
    Milky says:

    :hi:
    Gagirl
    Misstaken

  37. 37
    FuturedocDonte says:

    LUVN :hug:

  38. 38
    luVn_liFe... says:

    Has anybody heard from. . .Did ya’ll put her in the lost and found box?
    Ion thank Nobody CURRs :shrug:

  39. 39
    luVn_liFe... says:

    :wave: TREND . . .
    Its :cold: here! ermahhGAWD,i dont like\DO cold weather!!

  40. 40
  41. 41
    GAGIRL87 says:

    @ Luvn :hug: & :kiss:

  42. 42
    luVn_liFe... says:

    GaGAGirl U shole IS PurTeee :hunch:
    :D

  43. 43
    Nakeya_j says:

    Nobody CURRs
    —–
    #Fixed

  44. 44
    cougar lover says:

    :hi:

  45. 45
    GAGIRL87 says:

    I was watching Drumline the other day…as for Chingy chile irrelevance brought him I mind
    ____________________________________________________________________

    *sigh* I’m shame to mit this but I always thought Chingy was cute :ashamed: but he’s gay anyway or so I heard lol so yeah I’m going over here :kona:

  46. 46
    NaijaGal says:

    well damn, I just read about LeLa Rochen’s husband Antoine Fuqua (the director) having 2 outside kids on her :eek:

  47. 47
    luVn_liFe... says:

    @NaiJa . . I just read about LeLa Rochen’s husband Antoine Fuqua (the director) having 2 outside kids on her

    Mhhh HMMM;SAD

  48. 48

    Did she say the lost and (NEVER) found?

    I have been redeemed! Bish just brought me to life…Thanks!

  49. 49
    GAGIRL87 says:

    @ Luvn a lil lickey lickey for you :P :hump:

  50. 50
    luVn_liFe... says:

    :shock:
    Just Read R.Thicke quit RHOH.It’s ruining His brand :rolleyes:

  51. 51
    Milky says:

    @luvn :kiss:

  52. 52
    NaijaGal says:

    Just Read R.Thicke quit RHOH.It’s ruining His brand
    =======================
    :wail: :wail: he was one of the reasons I watched…besides Boris :(

  53. 53
    Bombshell Esq says:

    Mornin’ and chit Roses :tea:

  54. 54
    FuturedocDonte says:

    Just Read R.Thicke quit RHOH.It’s ruining His brand :rolleyes:
    ——–
    Aint no brand :coffee: JT got that platinum album out… That’s what that’s about :yes:

  55. 55
    Pickachu Tran says:

    Just Read R.Thicke quit RHOH.It’s ruining His brand
    ____________________

    :wail: O this is a sad sad day indeed…

    but what brand is he ruining :shrugs: WHO TURNS DOWN A CHECK THIS DAY IN TIME :blink:

  56. 56
    LadieLeo says:

    Morning Folks :waves:

    My bed is so warm and comfy, I can’t ever just sleep in though but I’ll lay here.

  57. 57

    FuturedocDonte says:

    Just Read R.Thicke quit RHOH. It’s ruining His brand
    ——–
    Aint no brand JT got that platinum album out… That’s what that’s about
    ______________
    I just said that. He thought that this would be good for his image the way JT did SNL and there is a big difference between SNL and RHOH. And now JT has this booming azz record and Robin is about to run to the studio. I think that it is a place for the both of them, I mean JT gave Robin 6 years to take over.

  58. 58
    GAGIRL87 says:

    So Kordell filed for divorce from Porsha BREAKING NEWS :coffee: :yawn:

  59. 59
    Nakeya_j says:

    So Kordell filed for divorce from Porsha BREAKING NEWS
    —-
    H eis a punk. SHe is starting to look like she no longer wants him to tell her what to do and now he is filing. Either that or his bf no longer wants to hide. :tea: Congrats either way. Good for her.

  60. 60
    NaijaGal says:

    So Kordell filed for divorce from Porsha BREAKING NEWS
    ===========================
    :shocked: welp don’t act like you want to be a housewife then try to be a celebrity :tea:

  61. 61

    So I made tacos last night and I woke up this morning wanting more so I fried an egg with taco meat, cheese potato and avocado. A bish is sleepy as hell this morning. Glad I’m off and I think I’m gonna lay back down.

  62. 62
    Nakeya_j says:

    Your Welcome :lol:

  63. 63
    GAGIRL87 says:

    his bf no longer wants to hide.
    _______________________________________________________________________

    I’m going with this one!

  64. 64
    NaijaGal says:

    I swear folks love pinning celebs against each other…everybody can do their own lane and be successful at it…never saw JT or Robin in the same league :shrug:

  65. 65
    Nakeya_j says:

    Mind you there was no prenup. So good Porsha!

  66. 66
    Milky says:

    :hi:
    Trend
    Bombshell
    I lovr rthicke on that show. Bummer

  67. 67
    bnatural says:

    I feel bad for Porsha…she really loves Kordell but he’s seems so unwilling to work with her for their marriage :sad:

    Reality curse

  68. 68
    Nakeya_j says:

    Mind you there was no prenup. So good for Porsha!

  69. 69

    Oh so now is he going to revive his career as a Fudge Packer? Good for him!

  70. 70
    Nakeya_j says:

    but he’s seems so unwilling to work with her for their marriage
    —-
    Why should he, when there is another person willing to do whatever he says. :tea:

  71. 71
    GAGIRL87 says:

    @ Naija why can’t she have both? :(

  72. 72
    Bombshell Esq says:

    :hi: Milky

  73. 73
    luVn_liFe... says:

    GAGIRL87 says:

    So Kordell filed for divorce from Porsha BREAKING NEWS
    :| 4Shame!
    Just sad.Damn that Reality TV is Truly a curse on marriages\life

  74. 74
  75. 75
    luVn_liFe... says:

    she cant DO Both,Cause that’s Not what was agreed Upon from the start #js

  76. 76

    Because she checks/listens to him so much who suggested doing the show? I’m just wondering if he thought that he would get more camera time or that he would somehow get something outta the deal.

  77. 77
    Pickachu Tran says:

    GAGIRL87 says:

    So Kordell filed for divorce from Porsha BREAKING NEWS
    _________________________

    Porsha will come out of this with half and the house…good FOR HER. He was an azz anyway and seemed unwilling to compromise. NOW he can go be with his male lover full-time CONGRATS :clap:

  78. 78
    Bombshell Esq says:

    So Walter was tired sitting on the sidelines watching POrsha get all the shine as Kordell’s “wife” huh… Oh OK :tea:

  79. 79
    luVn_liFe... says:

    Shocking news alert – or maybe not so shocking if you believe reality TV! Kordell Stewart filed for divorce from Porsha Stewart last week!

    Kordell filed a petition on March 22nd in Fulton Co, GA seeking a divorce against the Real Housewives of Atlanta star citing the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

    Kordell and Porsha have been seen having issues throughout the season. Several women on the show expressed concern that Kordell is controlling. The couple does not have prenup so this should be interesting and they have been married less than five years.
    Both have been keeping up appearances on social media, but Kordell admitted to skipping the RHOA reunion because of “other obligations.”

    Rumor has it Kordell wanted Porsha to quit the show since it was disparaging his reputation and opening up scrutiny about their marriage, but Porsha wants a career and didn’t want to leave RHOA.
    :tea:
    Chille

  80. 80
    NaijaGal says:

    @ Naija why can’t she have both?
    ===================
    not saying she can’t but when the man you marry lets you know beforehand he doesn’t want his wife to have both, I can’t be mad when he chunks the deuce after you flip the script

  81. 81
    luVn_liFe... says:

    MORNING BOmBShell :hi:

  82. 82
    Diva says:

    :wave: Morning Roses!!!!!!!!

  83. 83
    MissTaken says:

    *sigh* I’m shame to mit this but I always thought Chingy was cute but he’s gay anyway or so I heard lol so yeah I’m going over here
    ——————-
    You still be doing the chicken head dance huh? :danban2:
    :hi: Milky

  84. 84
    Bombshell Esq says:

    LUVN & DIVAAA :hugs:

  85. 85
    MissTaken says:

    Kirsell filed for divorce???:shocked: YOU A DIRTY LIE

  86. 86
    Ty says:

    Morning Roses :wave: I told yall they were not happy although Porsha tried to convince herself that she was. You can not have a one sided marriage even if its traditional :nono: That I am a man and I run shyt attitude does not work in the new age :coffee:
    ________________

    Shocking news alert – or maybe not so shocking if you believe reality TV! Kordell Stewart filed for divorce from Porsha Stewart last week!

    Access Atlanta reports that Kordell filed a petition on March 22nd in Fulton Co, GA seeking a divorce against the Real Housewives of Atlanta star citing the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

    Kordell and Porsha have been seen having issues throughout the season. Several women on the show expressed concern that Kordell is controlling. The couple does not have prenup so this should be interesting and they have been married less than five years.

    CLICK CONTINIUE READING FOR THE REST!

    Both have been keeping up appearances on social media, but Kordell admitted to skipping the RHOA reunion because of “other obligations.”

    Rumor has it Kordell wanted Porsha to quit the show since it was disparaging his reputation and opening up scrutiny about their marriage, but Porsha wants a career and didn’t want to leave RHOA.

    We’ll keep you posted as the details unfold!

    [Photo Credit: Twitter]

    TELL US – SURPRISED PORSHA AND KORDELL ARE CALLING IT QUITS?

    Related Stories
    Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: In A Pickle
    Did Kim Zolciak Hire A Crisis PR Firm Because Of ‘Tardy For The Party’ Lawsuit?
    Video: Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5 Reunion Starts Airing On April 7th – In Three Parts

    Trending Now
    Kim Zolciak Releases PR Statement Defending Herself Against Kandi Burruss’ ‘Tardy For The Party’ Lawsuit!
    Faye Resnick’s Morally Corrupt Past Comes Back To Haunt Her!
    Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: Beverly Hills Nightmares

    You Might Also Like

    The Next Installation: Real Housewives of Santa Barbara?

  87. 87
    Miany says:

    :hug: Good Morning ALL!!! I’m sorry cuz my eyes are too heavy for the roll call list this am.
    R.I.P

  88. 88
    MissTaken says:

    We are going to try this phone post one more time before I quit :crying:
    Kordell filed for divorce?! I told you all he was wearing her panties and twirling in them

  89. 89
    Ty says:

    U beat me to it Luv :rofl:

    Hey Hun :hug:

  90. 90
    NaijaGal says:

    :newpost: is up

  91. 91
    Ty says:

    YNH – don’t let the devil take your joy boo you’ve seen 40 years, that’s an amazing feat…you have wonderful children who adore you immensely…you have so much to celebrate that the devil is trying to take you down, don’t let it win
    ___________
    Well stated :cosign:

Comments are closed for this post