Motown Songwriter, Ron Miller, Is Dead

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Songwriter Ron Miller, who wrote such classics as "Touch Me in the Morning" and "For Once in My Life," has died.

Miller's daughter says he died Monday of cardiac arrest at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after a long battle with emphysema and cancer. He was 74.

Miller became one of Motown's first songwriters and producers in the 1960s after founder Barry Gordy spotted him playing in a piano bar.

"For Once in My Life," co-written with Orlando Murden, is one of the most recorded songs in history, with more than 270 versions.

Lisa Dawn Miller says her father "will be reborn every time someone sings one of his songs."

Miller was born in Chicago and was a die-hard Cubs fan. His daughter says the first sad song he ever wrote was about his beloved but hapless team.

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