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Hit Songwriter Lamont Dozier Dies Aged 81

by Paul Cashmere on August 10, 2022

in News

Hit songwriter Lamont Dozier, the man behind dozens of Motown hits, has died at age 81.

Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland and Brian Holland were the songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland. Brian and Eddie are still around. Brian is 81, Eddie 83.

Lamont Dozier had aspirations to ne a 60s popstar but it wasn’t to be.

Holland-Dozier-Holland’s first hit song was ‘Heat Wave’ for Martha and the Vandellas in 1963.

In 1964 they delivered three hits establishing the career of Diana Ross and the Supremes with ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, ‘Baby Love’ and ‘Come See About Me’.

That same year they gave Marvin Gaye his first hit with ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’.

The momentum kept going in 1965 with more hits for The Supremes ‘Stop! In The Name of Love’ and ‘Back In My Arms Again’ and Martha and the Vandellas ‘Nowhere To Run’ but now add in the Four Tops with ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ and ‘Same Old Song’.

Between 1963’s Heat Wave’ and 1990’s ‘This Old Heart of Mine’ (Rod Stewart), Holland-Dozier-Holland had 35 Top 10 hits in the USA.

Lamont also wrote Alison Moyet’s ‘Invisible’, Phil Collins ‘Two Hearts’ and Joss Stone ‘Spoiled’.

Collins also had another Holland-Dozier-Hit when he covered ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’.

Holland-Dozier-Holland were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Dozier died at his home in Arizona on 8 August 2022.

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