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Deke Richard dies, leaves legacy of 'Jackson 5' songs

Deke Richards dies: The Motown producer-songwriter produced hits for the Jackson 5 and Diana Ross. Deke Richards also wrote songs for Martha Reeves & the Vandelllas. 

The Jackson 5 sing 'ABC' on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970.

Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards has died at a hospice at age 68.

Richards, whose real name was Dennis Lussier, died Sunday at the Whatcom Hospice House, Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center spokeswoman Amy Cloud confirmed Monday.

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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, the Universal Music release said. Those songs included the Jackson 5's first three No. 1 hits — "I Want You Back," ''ABC," and "The Love You Save."

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He also co-wrote "Love Child" for Diana Ross & The Supremes, as well as Ross' solo "I'm Still Waiting."

Other recording artists for whom Richards produced or wrote songs include Bobby Darina and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Lussier, a brother and two nephews.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.