Heatwave was a British-American funk and R&B band formed in the 1970s. The group’s classic lineup included Johnnie Wilder Jr., Keith Wilder, Rod Temperton, and others. Heatwave gained international fame with hits like “Boogie Nights,” “Always and Forever,” and “The Groove Line.” Their sound was characterized by smooth vocals, intricate arrangements, and a blend of funk, soul, and disco elements. Rod Temperton, the band’s primary songwriter, went on to become a highly successful songwriter for other artists, including Michael Jackson. Despite lineup changes and the tragic paralysis of Johnnie Wilder Jr. in a car accident, Heatwave continued to release music throughout the 1980s and beyond. They remain recognized for their contributions to the disco and R&B genres.

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