Lamont Dozier

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Lamont Dozier
Dozier in 2009
Dozier in 2009
Background information
Birth nameLamont Herbert Dozier
Born(1941-06-16)June 16, 1941
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedAugust 8, 2022(2022-08-08) (aged 81)
near Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
GenresRhythm and blues, funk, soul
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • arranger
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active1962–2022
LabelsMotown, Invictus/Hot Wax, Warner Bros., ABC Records
Spouse(s)
Ann Brown
(divorced)
Daphne Dumas
(div. 1969)
Barbara Ullman
(m. 1980; died 2021)
Children6

Lamont Herbert Dozier (/ləˈmɒnt ˈdʒər/;[1] June 16, 1941 – August 8, 2022) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer from Detroit, Michigan.[2] He co-wrote and produced 14 US Billboard number-one hits and four number ones in the UK.

Career[edit]

Dozier was a member of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the songwriting and production team responsible for much of the Motown sound and numerous hit records by artists such as Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Isley Brothers.[2] Along with Brian Holland, Dozier served as the team's musical arranger and producer, while Eddie Holland concentrated mainly on lyrics and vocal production.[2]

Along with the Holland Brothers, Dozier followed his work for Motown Records as founder and owner of Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records, producing top-charting hits for acts Freda Payne, Honey Cone, Chairmen of the Board, and 100 Proof Aged in Soul.[2]

Early years[edit]

Dozier recorded a few unsuccessful records for various Detroit labels before the trio started working together as a writing and production team for Motown in 1962.[2] They first made their mark the following year with Martha and The Vandellas' early hits, including "Come and Get These Memories" (number 6 R&B), "Heatwave" (number 1 R&B, number 4 pop), and "Quicksand" (number 8 pop).[citation needed]

In 1964, "Where Did Our Love Go" became the first of ten number 1 pop hits which Holland–Dozier–Holland would write and produce for the Supremes over the next three years or so. After Holland–Dozier–Holland left Motown in 1968 to form the Invictus and Hot Wax labels, Dozier began recording as an artist on their labels.[2] The most successful song was "Why Can't We Be Lovers" (number 9 Billboard R&B).[2] Dozier departed from Holland–Dozier–Holland in 1973,[2] and was replaced by new arranger-producer Harold Beatty.[citation needed]

Performer[edit]

Dozier went on to record a number of albums as a performer in his own right, also writing much of the material. The 1977 album, Peddlin' Music on the Side (Warner Bros. Records) contained "Going Back to My Roots", which was later recorded by Odyssey.[2] The earlier Black Bach (ABC Records) featured the single "Fish Ain't Bitin'" (#4 R&B, No. 26 pop).[3]

He had his biggest hit with 1974's "Trying to Hold on to My Woman" (ABC),[2] which reached No. 15 on the pop chart and No. 4 on the R&B chart. For the second season of the TV sitcom That's My Mama (ABC, 1975), Dozier wrote and sang the theme song, replacing the first season's instrumental only theme music. In 1981, he scored a beach music hit with "Cool Me Out" and also in that year released the single "Shout About It" from his LP Lamont. This track had considerable airplay on UK soul radio stations as well as being promoted by UK DJ Robbie Vincent in the early 1980s to a British audience.[citation needed]

Composer[edit]

Dozier had another number-one hit as a songwriter in the 1980s, joining with Phil Collins to write the song "Two Hearts" for the movie soundtrack for Buster.[4] "Two Hearts" received a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, tying with "Let the River Run" from Working Girl by Carly Simon; an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song; and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.[3] Collins and Dozier also co-wrote "Loco in Acapulco" for The Four Tops, which is also featured on the Buster Soundtrack.[5]

In 1984, Essex, England-born singer Alison Moyet scored a U.S. top-40 hit with the Dozier-penned "Invisible".[5] Three years later, Dozier cowrote "Infidelity" and "Suffer" with Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall for the British pop-soul band's second album, Men and Women. In 1989, they teamed again to write "You've Got It" and "Turn It Up" for Simply Red's follow-up LP, A New Flame.[citation needed]

In 1987, Lamont Dozier composed alone a song for the soundtrack of another film: the song "Without You", which was recorded as a duet by the R&B singers Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle,[6] to be the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6, released the same year.[7] The song was released as a single and entered the United States and United Kingdom music charts, peaked at No. 8 on the Adult Contemporary Tracks,[8] No. 14 on the R&B chart,[9] No. 85 on the UK Singles,[10] and No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 (1987–88). "Without You" was also recorded for the Peabo Bryson album Positive, released in 1988.[citation needed]

"Without You" also received two adaptations: the first was in Portuguese[11] and the second was in Spanish,[11] in 1989 and 1990, respectively.[11] Both adaptations received the title "Amor Dividido"[11] and were recorded by the Brazilian singer Rosana;[11] The Spanish version of "Amor Dividido" was performed as a duet by Rosanah Fienngo (known mononymously as Rosana) with the Mexican singer Emmanuel.[11]

Awards and honors[edit]

Dozier and the Holland brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.[12]

In 2009, he worked on the music for the musical stage version of the 1996 movie The First Wives Club.[citation needed] He also taught credit courses on popular music as an Artist-in-Residence Professor on the faculty at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in 2008.[citation needed]

Personal life and death[edit]

Dozier was married three times. His first two marriages, to Elizabeth Ann Brown and to Daphne Dumas, both ended in divorce. His third marriage, to Barbara Ullman, lasted from 1980 until her death in 2021. They had three children and he had three children from his first marriage.[5]

Dozier died at his home near Scottsdale, Arizona, on August 8, 2022, at the age of 81.[5][13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Label
US Pop
[3]
US R&B
[3]
1973 Out Here on My Own 136 11 ABC
1974 Black Bach 186 27
Love and Beauty Invictus
1976 Right There 59 Warner Bros.
1977 Peddlin' Music on the Side 59
1979 Bittersweet
1981 Working on You Columbia
Lamont M&M
1983 Bigger Than Life Demon Records
1991 Inside Seduction 28 Atlantic
2004 Reflections of Lamont Dozier 74 Jam Right/Zebra
2018 Reimagination V2 Benelux (H'Art)[14]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

As a member of The Romeos

  • "Gone, Gone, Get Away" (1957); Fox 749
  • "Moments to Remember You By" (1957); Fox 846

As a member of The Voice Masters:

  • "Hope and Pray" (1959); Anna 101
  • "Needed" (1959); Anna 102
  • "In Love in Vain" (1960); Frisco 15235

As a member of Ty Hunter and The Voice Masters:

  • "Orphan Boy" (1960); Anna 1114
  • "Free" (1960); Anna 1123

As La Mont Anthony:

  • "Popeye (The Sailor Man)" (1961) withdrawn, and replaced by "Benny the Skinny Man" (same backing track, new vocal); Anna 1125
  • "Benny the Skinny Man" (1961); Anna 1125
  • "Just to Be Loved" / "I Didn't Know (What a Good Thing I Had)" (1961); Checkmate 1001

As Lamont Dozier and a member of Holland-Dozier (Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland):

Year Title Peak chart positions
US Pop
[3]
US R&B
[3]
US Dance
[3]
UK
[15]
1962 "Dearest One"
1972 "Why Can't We Be Lovers" (as Holland-Dozier) 57 9 29
"Don't Leave Me Starvin' for Your Love" (as Holland-Dozier) 52 13
1973 "New Breed Kinda Woman" (as Holland-Dozier) 61
"Trying to Hold on to My Woman" 15 4
"Fish Ain't Bitin'" 26 4
1974 "Let Me Start Tonite" 87 4
"All Cried Out" 41
1976 "Can't Get Off Until the Feeling Stops" 89
1977 "Going Back to My Roots" 35
1979 "Boogie Business" 47
1981 "Shout About It" 61
1991 "Love in the Rain" 60
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As composer[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Say How". Archived from the original on November 21, 2007. Retrieved November 21, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Soul Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 73/4. ISBN 0-85112-733-9.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Lamont Dozier – Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2022.
  4. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d Williams, Richard (August 9, 2022). "Lamont Dozier obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – "Without You" (Love Theme From "Leonard Part 6") (1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Cineplex (December 18, 1987). "Leonard Part 6". Archived from the original on February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Peabo Bryson – Adult Contemporary Chart". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 8, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Peabo Bryson – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 30, 2017. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  10. ^ The Official UK Charts. "Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – UK Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Cantoras do Brasil. "Rosana (Rosanah Fiengo)". Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees by Year 1990". Official website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. 2013. pp. Induction category: Non–Performer for Holland–Dozier–Holland. Archived from the original on December 7, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  13. ^ Edwards, Gavin (August 9, 2022). "Lamont Dozier, Writer of Numerous Motown Hits, Dies at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  14. ^ "Lamont Dozier | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  15. ^ "HOLLAND-DOZIER – full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  16. ^ "Song library". Lamontdozier.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2004.

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