Deke Richards

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Deke Richards
Birth nameDennis Lussier
Also known asDeke Lussier
Born(1944-04-08)April 8, 1944
Los Angeles, California, United States
DiedMarch 24, 2013(2013-03-24) (aged 68)
Bellingham, Washington, US
GenresRhythm and blues, pop
OccupationsRecord producer, songwriter
LabelsMotown
Associated actsDebbie Dean, The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and the Supremes, etc.
 
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Deke Richards
Birth nameDennis Lussier
Also known asDeke Lussier
Born(1944-04-08)April 8, 1944
Los Angeles, California, United States
DiedMarch 24, 2013(2013-03-24) (aged 68)
Bellingham, Washington, US
GenresRhythm and blues, pop
OccupationsRecord producer, songwriter
LabelsMotown
Associated actsDebbie Dean, The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and the Supremes, etc.

Deke Richards (April 8, 1944 – March 24, 2013), born Dennis Lussier[1] and also known as Deke Lussier,[2] was an American songwriter and record producer, one of many white musicians/songwriters who were affiliated with Motown.[3] He is notable for being a member of both The Clan and The Corporation, the latter being a hitmaking production team that wrote and produced The Jackson 5's early hits,[3] including "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save", "Mama's Pearl", and "Maybe Tomorrow".

Biography[edit]

He was born in Los Angeles, California;[4] his father was the screenwriter Dane Lussier. Deke Lussier portrayed one of the band members in the movie Eegah in 1962.[2] He later used the stage name Deke Richards. While playing in a band that backed singer Debbie Dean, he wrote a song for her, and met Berry Gordy when The Supremes played at the Hollywood Palace in 1966. Gordy was impressed, and signed Richards to a contract as record producer and songwriter.[4]

As well as working with the Jacksons, he also wrote and produced for Bobby Darin, Martha and the Vandellas, The Blackberries, and Stacie Johnson, among others,[2] and produced Diana Ross and the Supremes after Holland, Dozier and Holland left Motown in 1968.[4] He co-wrote the US no.1 hit "Love Child" for the Supremes, and was solely responsible for "I'm Still Waiting", a UK no.1 hit, for Diana Ross.[5]

Richards died of esophageal cancer on March 24, 2013 at age 68. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC News, Jackson 5 producer Deke Richards dies aged 68, March 26, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Weaver, Tom (2005). Earth vs. the sci-fi film makers. McFarland. p. 176. ISBN 0-7864-2210-6. 
  3. ^ a b "From Motown to LA, Michael Jackson left a lasting mark". Detroit News. June 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Hollywood Reporter, Deke Richards, Motown Songwriter and Producer, Dies at 68, March 25, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  5. ^ a b The Detroit News, Deke Richards, of Motown's The Corporation, dies, March 25, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.

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