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March 24, 1941 - July 9, 2015 Acclaimed songwriter, producer, Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee and Oscar nominee Michael Masser passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015 at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA with his beloved wife at his side. Born March 24, 1941 in Chicago, IL, Michael attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and pursued a career as a stockbroker, but left the field to pursue his love of music. Masser first achieved success with the 1973 #1 smash hit "Touch Me In the Morning," a song he wrote and produced for Diana Ross. It was followed by the chart-topping "Theme from 'Mahogany' (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)" which earned Masser an Oscar nomination in 1975 for Best Original Song. Masser went on to work with Teddy Pendergrass which led to a meeting with Whitney Houston. Masser's partnership with Houston led to three #1 hits from Whitney's first two albums: "Saving All My Love," "Didn't We Almost Have it All" and "The Greatest Love of All"; the latter song was originally written for the movie "The Greatest" (the 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali) and was recorded by George Benson. Michael is survived by his wife Ogniana; his children Sean, Jennifer and Aleksandra; sister Rhoda; and grandchildren Joshua and Ryan. The family will be holding a private memorial service.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 12 to July 14, 2015
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