Lamont Dozier, Motown songwriter of countless classics, dead at age 81

Lamont Dozier, the Motown songwriter behind hits for artists such as the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Isley Brothers, has died at the age of 81.

The news was confirmed by his son, Lamont Dozier Jr., who wrote on Instagram: “Rest in Heaven, Dad!” A cause of death has not yet been announced.

Born in Detroit on June 16, 1941, Dozier got his start working for a few record companies in the city. In 1962, he teamed up with songwriting brothers Brian and Eddie Holland to become the powerhouse production team Holland-Dozier-Holland. The trio was responsible for several Motown hits, including the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love” and “Stop! In the Name of Love,” along with the Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)”, “It’s the Same Old Song” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”

In 1973, Dozier left the production team and shifted his focus to a solo career. In 1988, he collaborated with Phil Collins on “Two Hearts” for the soundtrack of the film Buster. The song later won a Golden Globe and a Grammy.

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