Deke Richards has died, The Motown legendary songwriter passed away on March 24, 2013 at the age of sixty eight. He had fought a long battle with esophageal cancer. he had wrote songs for The Jackson 5 and Diana Ross.
“He reportedly played in a backing band for Debbie Dean and met Barry Gordy when The Supremes played at the Hollywood Place in 1966. After impressing the Motown mogul, Richards was offered a contract as record producer and songwriter.
Working alongside Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell and Freddie Perren, Richards also provided Diana Ross & The Supremes with their pop hit ‘Love Child’ and wrote for Bobby Darin and Bonnie Bramlett. His final project was the mixing of eight unreleased tracks by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas for Universal Music Enterprises’ three-CD box set ’50th Anniversary: The Singles 1962-1972′ which is slated for release on April 5″.
Richardd died at the Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham, Washington. He leaves behind his wife Joan Lussier, among other relatives.
A family celebration of his long and distinguished life in music is currently being planned, though the family is asking industry colleagues to honor Richards by supporting musical education.