Fred McFarlane, American songwriter, Died at 55

  Music, Writer

Frederick Craig McFarlane was born on November 14, 1959, and died on September 3, 2016.

He was an American R&B songwriter, record producer, musician, and multi-instrumentalist.

His career as a songwriter and producer spanned more than 30 years.

He wrote or co-wrote a number of R&B and dance hits, including Jenny Burton’s “Bad Habits” in 1985; Robin S.’ 1993 debut single “Show Me Love”, which he co-wrote with Allen George; and Jason Derulo’s “Don’t Wanna Go Home.”

He started his professional career as a musician and keyboardist, supporting such artists as Crown Heights Affair and Enchantment.

Fred transitioned to producing during the 1980s.

He produced Jocelyn Brown’s 1984 ballad, “Somebody Else’s Guy”.

He was a prolific songwriter, penned songs for dozens of artists, including Will Downing, Force MDs, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Keith Sweat and Madonna.

He died in early September 2016.

Fred McFarlane passed away at 55 years old.