Songwriter Ed Townshend, who penned a string of hits including Marvin
GAYE's controversial LET'S GET IT ON, has died aged 74.
Townshend, who wrote more than 200 songs, died of heart failure on
Wednesday (13AUG03) in a San Bernardino, California, hospital.
Nat King Cole and Etta James were among the stars who recorded Townsend's
songs. One of his first hits was 1958's FOR YOUR LOVE, which Townsend recorded
Let's Get It On, released in 1973, had an overt sexual theme that
generated criticism. But Townshend insisted the song was actually about getting
on with life.
Townshend also wrote and produced the IMPRESSIONS' 1974 number one R+B hit
FINALLY GOT MYSELF TOGETHER (I'M A CHANGED MAN).
Townsend, a Fayetteville, Tennessee, native, leaves behind his wife
JANICE, four children, a brother, a sister, three grandchildren and one