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Ed Townsend, who wrote the 1958 hit “For Your Love” and worked with Marvin Gaye on hit “Let’s Get It On,” died of heart failure in Sun City, Calif., He was 74.

Rhythm and blues songwriter was a balladeer first sang in his minister father’s church choir. He went on to helping craft a string of R&B hits recorded by Nat “King” Cole, the Impressions and Etta James, eventually penning more than 200 songs over a five-decade career.

He is most widely known for producing Gaye’s sexually charged 1973 hit “Let’s Get It On.” “For Your Love” rose to No. 7 on the R&B charts and reached the U.S. Top 20, becoming Townsend’s biggest hit as a singer in his own right.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; two sons from his first wife, a daughter, a brother, a sister, three stepdaughters, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Salvation Army Riverside Corps chapel, 3695 1st St., in Riverside, Calif.