Published On: Tue, Aug 9th, 2022

Lamont Dozier, Motown songwriter behind ‘Baby Love’ and other hits, dies at 81

Lamont Dozier, the Motown songwriter behind hits such as the Supremes’ “Baby Love” and “You Keep Me Hanging On,” has died, his family said overnight.

He was 81.

Dozier’s death was confirmed by his son, Lamont Dozier Jr., in a post on Facebook.

“R.I.H.P. Dad!!” Dozier Jr. wrote, sharing a photo with his father.

An Instagram account also appearing to belong to the son, who followed in his father’s footsteps and became a singer and songwriter, shared the same message: “Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!”

The cause of the Motown legend’s death was not immediately clear.

As one-third of the iconic songwriting group Holland-Dozier-Holland, Dozier was behind a string of hits from major artists including the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Isley Brothers and Martha and the Vandellas.

Their catalog highlights include “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “Stop! In The Name of Love,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and more, according to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which credited the trio’s work as forming a “major part of the Motown success.”

Holland-Dozier-Holland was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1888 and later into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

According to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Dozier, who was born and raised in Detroit, grew up “surrounded by music as a child” and started writing lyrics and music before he was a teenager.

He founded The Romeos at the age of 13 and was signed to Atco Records in 1957, the hall of fame said. The band had a charting R&B record with the song, “Fine Fine Baby.”

After The Romeos disbanded, Dozier joined The Voicemasters, a doo-wop band on Anna Records. Later, he signed exclusively to Motown Records in 1962 as an artist, producer and songwriter, according to the hall of fame.

It was in the early 60s that Dozier started working with Brian Holland, with the pair later being joined by Brian’s brother, Eddie, to form their famous trio.

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