Singer and composer Lamont Dozier just died away at the age of 81. His son Lamont Dozier Jr. verified the news on Instagram by uploading a photo of himself with his father. The caption read:
“Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!!!”
Dozier’s cause of death has not been confirmed. His burial arrangements are likewise unavailable at this time.
A summary of Lamont Dozier’s life and career
Lamont Herbert Dozier, born on June 16, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan, rose to prominence as the co-writer and producer of 14 songs that reached the top of the US Billboard chart. Along with Brian and Eddie Holland, he was a member of the songwriting and producing duo Holland-Dozier-Holland. They composed, arranged, and produced songs for Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremas, Four Tips, and other musicians. Dozier was the arranger and producer, while Brian and Eddie were responsible for the lyrics and vocal production.
Lamont founded and ran Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records. He wrote and produced popular songs for bands like as Freda Payne, 100 Proof Aged for Soul, Chairmen of the Board, and others. Dozier began by releasing a few singles for Detroit-based companies before joining Holland-Dozier-Holland as composers and producers for Motown Records in 1962. In 1963, they had a bunch of successful singles with Martha and The Vandellas.
Lamont departed Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1973 and went on to record a number of solo albums. In 1974, his greatest success was Trying to Hold on to My Woman. He also composed and performed the theme song for the sitcom That’s My Mama. Along with the LP Lamont, he released singles such as Cool Me Out and Shout About It.
Dozier was a popular composer in the 1980s, penning the song Two Hearts for the film Buster. The song was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Grammy Award. He also composed music for Alison Moyet and Men and Women.
He wrote the score for the espionage spoof film Leonard Part 6 in 1987. Without You, one of the tracks reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and was also adapted in Portuguese and Spanish. In 1990, Lamont and the Holland Brothers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Twitter users pay tribute
Lamont Dozier’s name has become well-known as a result of his accomplishments throughout the years. When word of his death spread, Twitter was inundated with tributes:
So terribly sad to hear the news of Lamont Dozier – a true legend a lovely man and one of greatest record producers and writers ever – much love RIP pic.twitter.com/HUNL2wuFsL
— Steve Levine (@mrstevelevine) August 9, 2022
Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote so many classic Motown hits, the Motown sound wouldn’t exist without them. RIP to Lamont Dozier for real
— Boring Conversationalist (@FeministaJones) August 9, 2022
Dozier’s three children are among the survivors. He was married to Barbara, who died last July.