Lamont Dozier, the Motown legend behind hits for artists such as the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Isley Brothers, has died. He was 81.
The news was confirmed by his son Lamont Dozier Jr on Instagram. No cause of death has been released at this time.
Born in Detroit, Michigan on June 16th, 1941, Dozier started his music career working around Detroit with little success. But his luck changed in 1962 when he and songwriting brothers Brian and Eddie Holland started work at Motown.
As one-third of the production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, Dozier was responsible for 10 of the Supremes’ 12 US number 1 hit singles. Including “Baby Love” and “You Keep Me Hanging On.” The trio was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Holland-Dozier-Holland penned and produced more than 200 songs. Their tenure at Motown between 1962 and 1967 helped define the famous Motown sound.
After leaving Holland–Dozier–Holland in 1973, Dozier pursued a successful solo career. One of his early singles, “Going Back To My Roots,” later became a huge success for the disco group Odyssey in 1981. Seven years later Dozier collaborated with Phil Collins on the number 1 hit, “Two Hearts.” For which the pair won a Golden Globe and a Grammy.
The Music World Remembers Lamont Dozier
Dozier was a revered figure in the world of music. Even if many people in the general audience don’t recognize his name, those in the industry know just how much influence Dozier had. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys quickly posted a tribute of his own to the fallen icon.
Lamont Dozier passed this morning. Lamont was part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting and production team responsible for much of the Motown sound and countless hit records by The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Four Tops and The Isley Brothers. pic.twitter.com/IWtFxyyHi9— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) August 9, 2022
Ronnie Wood, who covered the trio’s 1963 single “Leaving Home” in 2001, paid tribute to Dozier on Twitter as well. “God bless Lamont. His music will live on.” Mick Hucknall, who worked with Dozier in the 1980s, also tweeted his condolences calling him, “One of the greatest songwriters of all time.”
How sad that another great music legend has passed away, the great Lamont Dozier who was responsible for writing so many great songs. To me he was Mr Motown.Thanks for writing so many brilliant songs which will be played forever. R.I.P.— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) August 9, 2022
Those in the know will remember Dozier for his tireless effort to fill the world with quality music. He leaves behind an unrivaled legacy that any musician would be proud of.
RIP Lamont Dozier. Where do you start with a legacy like that? The Wikipedia navbox just hints at the breadth and depth of his greatness. pic.twitter.com/QWNjEysESd— Billy Dods (@Brompton_Will) August 9, 2022
Dozier is survived by his second wife, Barbara Ullman Dozier, and his six children.