Lamont Dozier dead and obitaury, Writer of Numerous Motown Hits
Lamont Dozier met the Holland brothers, Eddie and Brian, in 1962 when his wife, Ann, introduced them to him. Ann worked typing records and doing other paperwork at the offices of Motown Records in Detroit, and both Eddie and Brian were aspiring musicians and songwriters trying to land some early hits for the label. Lamont had just been cleaning floors at another record label in exchange for a promise of Berry Gordy Jr (Motown’s founder) to advance him $25 a week against future royalties. Once Lamont teamed up with the Holland brothers and began producing hit songs that sold millions of copies, helping to define music in the 1960s.
Holland-Dozier-Holland are the trio who have passed away aged 81. They were behind many of the songs that made the Motown name, and which seem to be almost impervious to time, in the way that Lennon and McCartney songs are, or Rodgers and Hart. Some of their greatest hits include Heat Wave, Nowhere to Run, Can I Get a Witness (featuring Marvin Gaye), Baby I Need Your Lovin, I Cant Help Myself, Reach Out Ill Be There (featuring the Four Tops), This Old Heart of Mine (performed by the Isley Brothers), Take Me in Your Arms (performed by Kim Weston), as well as multiple number one hits for the Supremes in the US charts, including Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, You Cant Hurry Love and You Keep Me Hangin On.
Holland-Dozier-Holland is considered to be one of the most influential songwriting teams in music history. Their million-selling songs have become so ingrained in society that many of them have been covered by non-Motown artists in more recent years. Kim Wilde, Phil Collins, and Rod Stewart are a few of the artists who have covered songs written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, whose song publishing company certainly enjoyed the additional attention.
At the piano, Lamont Dozier is pictured with Eddie Holland, Brian Holland, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard in the Detroit, Michigan Motown studio. This was c 1965.At the piano, Lamont Dozier sits with Eddie Holland, Brian Holland, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard sitting behind him. All of them are pictured in the Motown studio in Detroit, Michigan, c1965.
Lamont was born in Detroit to parents Willie Dozier (22 years old) and Ethel Waters (age 14 when they got married), who had moved north from Georgia and Alabama. Ethel helped take care of the family with the money she made cleaning and cooking for suburban families, since her husband could not hold down a job after Lamont was born. Lamont was the oldest of five children in his family.
Lamont met his friend Aretha Franklin (the daughter of a well-known local Baptist preacher) at Hutchins Junior High School. He also started developing his love for poetry and words while studying there. Later, Lamont went to Northwestern High School, where he won the first prize of $100 at the Graystone Ballroom’s talent contest together with other Romeos members, who were harmonizing in doo-wop style. Lamont was still studying when he formed the Romeos group.