Deke Richards (center) pictured with fellow songwriters Alphonzo Mizell,
left, and Freddie Perren.
BELLINGHAM, Wash (AP) – Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards has
died at a Bellingham, Wash., hospice.
Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center spokeswoman Amy Cloud confirms
that Richards, whose real name was Dennis Lussier, died Sunday the 24th
at the Whatcom Hospice House.
A statement from Universal Music said Richards had been battling esophageal
Universal Music says that 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. 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 Ross’
solo "I’m Still Waiting."