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 himself.

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 great-grandchild.

18/08/2003 09:14