Dozier’s songwriting helped define the label’s signature sound.
Songwriter Lamont Dozier has died aged 81.
Born in 1941, Dozier first worked as a cleaner at Anna Records. He got his chance when he and his brothers Brian and Eddie Holland formed their Holland-Dozier-Holland trio.
The trio started working for Motown in 1962, where they remained for five years. They helped write some of the label’s most popular hits, including “Stop!” by The Supreme. In the Name of Love”, and “Heatwave” from Martha and the Vandellas.
Their work was rewarded with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1988 and then into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Alongside his work with the Holland brothers, Dozier also released a string of solo albums on labels including EMI, Columbia and Warner Bros..
Dozier’s death was confirmed today (August 9) by his son, Lamont Dozier Jnr, by instagram.
He is survived by his second wife, Barbara Ullman Dozier, and six children.