The famous Motown songwriter and producer Lamont Dozier is dead. The successful musician as part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team was 81 years old. His death was reported by several US media on Tuesday – the “New York Times” referred to the head of the Motown Museum in Detroit, Robin Terry, and the Instagram entry of a Dozier son was also named as a source.
From the mid-1960s onward, Dozier, along with brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, kept hitting the charts.
The three songwriters have had dozens of Top 40 hits, including a string of Top 10 hits that rivaled even The Beatles.
Dozier used the pop and R’n’B elements of the black Motown label. Among other things, he worked with the band Martha and The Vandellas on songs like “Jimmy Mack” or “Heat Wave”, with the girl group The Supremes on “Stop! In the Name of Love” or “You Can’t Hurry Love”. Supremes singer Mary Wilson died last year at the age of 76.
In a 2019 interview with the Detroit Free Press newspaper, Dozier said that he couldn’t read music: “I did everything by ear and feeling when I sat down at the piano. I thank God for the chords and melodies and everything I put into it. Believe me – it was a lot of hard work banging on that piano to write a song and make it a hit on top of that.” (dpa)