Madonna and Earth Wind & Fire songwriter Jon Lind dies at 73

Jon Lind, who wrote hits for Earth, Wind & Fire and Madonna, has died of cancer aged 73.

Lind co-wrote Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland” with Allee Willis. The song was Top 10 in Australia, UK and US in 1979.

Lind co-wrote Madonna’s “Crazy For You” with John Bettis. The song earned Madonna her first Grammy nomination and reached No. 1 in Australia, the UK and the US.

Jon Lind also co-wrote Vanessa Williams’ hit “Save The Best For Last.” It reached No. 1 in Australia and the United States and No. 3 in the United Kingdom.

Jon Lind’s songs have been recorded by Cher, Cheap Trick, The Temptations and Mica Paris.

Jon was also a member of Howdy Moon and The Fifth Avenue Band. Howdy Moon also featured Valerie Carter ahead of her solo album Just A Stone’s Throw Away, produced by Lowell George. George also produced Howdy Moon’s only album.

Lind also served as senior vice president of A&R for Hollywood Records where he developed the careers of Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez.

Jon is survived by his wife Susan Drew, his two daughters and two stepchildren and three grandchildren.

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