Legendary Motown Songwriter Ron Miller Passes
July 23, 2007 at 5:40 PM (PT)
Longtime songwriter RON MILLER, a Motown staff writer in the '60s who penned many of that era's classics, passed away today at 74. MILLER, who had been battling both emphysema and cancer, died of cardiac arrest shortly after 5 a.m. with his daughters, ANGEL STRATFORD and singer/songwriter LISA DAWN MILLER at his side.
MILLER composed such all-time Motown hits such as "For Once In My Life," "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday" and "Touch Me In The Morning." Scores of legendary artists recorded his songs, including JUDY GARLAND, STEVIE WONDER, DIANA ROSS, CELINE DION, BARBRA STREISAND, RAY CHARLES, FRANK SINATRA and TONY BENNETT.
On July 21, while battling a long illness,MILLER was presented with the Heroes and Legends Award for lifetime achievement in songwriting and producing in his room at Santa Monica Hospital.