Lamont Dozier, one of the greatest and most successful songwriters to emerge from Motown in the ’60s, died this week at the age of 81.
A regular member of the Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team, Dozier created/co-created hits including 14 US Billboard No.1 hits and four No.1 hits in the UK.
Holland-Dozier-Holland were responsible for creating what many still refer to as the ‘Motown sound’, working with artists including Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Isley Brothers.
As a result, Dozier has writing credits on evergreen hits such as Can I Get A Witness, Where Did Our Love Go, Baby I Need Your Loving, How Sweet It Is, Nowhere To Run, Baby Love, This Old Heart of Mine, Reach Out I’ll Be There, You Keep Me Hanging On and There is a ghost in my house.
As a solo songwriter, Dozier co-wrote hits including Golden Globe and Grammy winners Two Hearts with Phil Collins in the 1980s, plus Instead in Acapulco by The Four Tops.
Unsurprisingly, a number of music industry leaders have this week paid tribute to Dozier and all that he achieved in music.
Here are just a few of those tributes.
Jody GersonUniversal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO said, “I have long cherished my relationship with Lamont Dozier and his wife Barbara.
“He was not only an iconic songwriter, but also a loving husband and father. He has given the world some of the greatest songs of all time, and personally some of my favorites. The consummate songwriter, his contributions to music spanning five decades will continue to inspire and entertain for generations to come.”
Sony Music Publishing said in a statement: “Today we mourn the loss of Lamont Dozier, one of the most prolific songwriters and producers of our time. Along with brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, the trio would go on to create countless classics and greatly contribute to Motown Records’ universal and timeless success.”
Ethiopia HabtemariamCEO and Chairman of the modern day Motown Records, said: “The world has lost an incredible force in music and I am devastated by this loss. Lamont Doses was one of the early architects of Motown sound and his contributions through his artistry and songwriting continue to inspire generations beyond measure.
“Lamont was an incredibly kind and loving person and I am forever grateful for the friendship and support from Doses family over the years. Motown will continue to honor his legacy as we extend our deepest sympathies to Doses family.”
Merck Mercuriadisfounder and CEO of Hipgnosis Song Management, wrote about his love for Dozier’s music in an op/ed published on Music Business Worldwide.
In it, Mercuriadis said: “Lamont is synonymous with Motown and the greatest hits and best music of all time.
“He was also an elegant, handsome and kind person who was always generous with his time and knowledge. I was always energized by spending time with him, and it was never lost on me that I was in the presence of greatness – even if it was something he was apparently unaware of.”Music business worldwide