Rodney Franklin (born September 16, 1958, Berkeley, California) is an American jazz pianist and composer.
Prior to signing up with CBS Records in 1978, Franklin worked with John Handy in San Francisco, as well as Bill Summers, Freddie Hubbard and Marlena Shaw.
His debut CBS album was In The Center (1978), a jazz fusion album featuring “On the Path” and “I Like the Music Make It Hot”.
In 1980 the album You’ll Never Know saw some major chart success with “The Groove” (it reached number 7 in the UK Singles Charts.
Additional albums which were also recorded on the CBS label have included Rodney Franklin (released in 1980), Endless Flight (1981), Learning To Love (1982), Marathon (1984) (probably his most famous in the UK, produced by bass player Stanley Clarke), ‘Skydance’ (1985) and ‘It Takes Two’ (1986).
In 1986 Rodney Franklin played at the Sala Ollin Yoliztli auditorium in Tlalpan, Mexico. During the concert, he covered the theme song of “Hill Street Blues” which was written by Mike Post.
In 1988 he moved over to the BMG record label and recorded Diamond Inside Of You which introduced vocals by Jennifer Holliday on the single, “Gotta Give It Up“. In addition, Franklin has also produced and released an album on Nova Records called Love Dancin’ in 1992.