Motown Legend Lamont Dozier Dies At Age 81 Explored

August 10, 2022 0 By Cypher9ja


Motown legend Lamont Dozier dies at age 81
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Motown legend Lamont Dozier, the prolific singer-songwriter who composed and produced hits such as ‘Stop! In The Name Of Love’, ‘Baby Love’ and ‘Two Hearts’, has died at the age of 81, his family said on Tuesday.

Dozier died at his home on Monday, they said in a statement.

Dozier was one of the most recognisable members of the songwriting trio that included brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. The group, known as Holland-Dozier-Holland, wrote and produced dozens of chart-topping songs for Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and other singers, helping to create the classic Motown sound.

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Lamont Dozier attends the 40th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 18, 2009 in New York City.
Lamont Dozier was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in new York in 2009. (Getty)

Dozier also worked with contemporary artists such as Kanye WestDave Stewart of the Eurythmics and the Black Eyed Peas. His music has been re-recorded in cover versions by the Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and many others.

“Respected as one of the most humble musical geniuses to achieve the level of success he did, Lamont Dozier was iconic,” his obituary released by his family said.

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Singer Mary Wilson joins Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland of the legendary Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland at a ceremony honoring the team's induction into Hollywood's RockWalk May 12, 2003 in Hollywood, California.
Late Supremes singer Mary Wilson in 2003 with Lamont Dozier, the songwriter behind their hit Stop! In The Name Of Love’. (Getty)

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The Holland brothers and Dozier, born and raised in Detroit, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

“Motown as we know it would not exist without Holland-Dozier-Holland,” the museum said at the time.

Dozier’s wife Barbara Ullman died in 2021 after more than 40 years of marriage. His children included the songwriter-record producer Beau Dozier and composer Paris Ray Dozier.

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