Soul giant composer Lamont Dozier dies

The man died at the age of 81, he was a figure in the soul

Lamont Dozier, one of the members of the trio that wrote hits for artists such as the Supremes and the Isley Brothers, has died at the age of 81, his family announced Tuesday.

“Rest in heavenly peace, dad!” his son wrote on Instagram. He did not give details about the cause of death of this artist born in Detroit on June 16, 1941, who achieved his success by teaming up with songwriting brothers Brian and Eddie Holland.

Together, they became the legendary Motown label trio, writing and arranging hits like Where Did Our Love Go and Stop! In The Name of Love by the Supremes, along with I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by the Four Tops.

Over the years, Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote dozens of songs that became hits.

“It was like we played the lottery and won every time,” Dozier wrote in 2019 in her autobiography How Sweet It Is.

The prolific lyricist left the trio in 1973 to focus on a solo career, eventually working with Phil Collins on the 1988 film Buster’s hit Two Hearts.

The song won a Golden Globe and a Grammy.

The Holland-Dozier-Holland trio were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, having earned a place in the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame two years earlier.