Motown songwriter Deke Richards dead at 68

motownAccording to a statement from Universal Music, Motown songwriter and producer Deke Richards died Sunday at the Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, Washington, after battling esophageal cancer. He was 68.

Richards, also known as Dennis Lussier, was a part of history as he co-wrote some of the biggest hits while he was with the production team The Corporation. The Corporation was part of the team that wrote and produced the Jackson 5‘s early hits including, “ABC,” “Maybe Tomorrow” and “I Want You Back.” In addition to his contributions to the Jackson 5, he also wrote and produced for such greats as Bobby Darin and Diana Ross & The Supremes.

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