Died Jon Lind, Madonna, lyricist for Earth, Wind & Fire and Vanessa Williams

Jon Lind died at the age of 73 after two years of fighting cancer.

In the course of his work, he wrote texts for Earth, Wind & Fire, among others Boogie Wonderland, Madonna Crazy for You or Vanessa Williams Save the Best for Last for the song.

The latter two topped the Billboard Hot 100 list. THE Save the Best for Last It was the song of the year in 1992 and was nominated for a Grammy Award a year later. Jon Lind has co-authored hits for Cher, Deniece Williams, Atlantic Starr, Aaron Neville and Rick Astley. He later collaborated with Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers.

He was born in 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. He began his musical career as a folk singer and then as a teenager had a backing band of performers such as Judy Collins or Harry Chapin. He founded the Fifth Avenue Band, with which he signed with Warner Bros. He also formed two other bands in the 70s, neither of which was particularly successful.

Earth, Wind & Fire manager Bob Cavallo recommended him to take a job as a professional songwriter. “I was sitting in the waiting room of Bob Cavallo’s office, plucking my guitar and playing a new piece of music I recently wrote. The founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, walked over and asked, ‘What is this? << He suggested I send him "I did, and he made Sun Goddess out of it," Lind told Songwriter Universe.

This song set me on a journey to work with singers like Madonna, Cher, Jennifer Holliday or Rick Astley later. In 1998, the then president of Disney’s music division contracted Lindet on a publishing and consulting contract, which ultimately resulted in 13 years of successful collaboration.

In his life, illness, and last days, he was accompanied by his wife, Susan Dres, daughters, Jenny, and Joanna. In addition to them, he had two stepchildren and three grandchildren. (Variety)