SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA: Lamont Dozier, an esteemed singer-songwriter, passed away on Monday, August 8 at his home close to Scottsdale, Arizona.
He was best recognised for his contributions to popular tracks such as “Where Did Our Love Go” and “Two Hearts,” amongst others. His funeral was held on Tuesday, August 9. He was 81. His family was the ones who broke the sad news to him about his passing away.
Lamont Dozier was a member of the famous Holland-Dozier-Holland collaboration, which was responsible for writing and producing a number of hit singles, including “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Heat Wave.” It opened the door for the record label Motown to become extremely successful in the 1960s. The announcement of Dozier’s passing comes many months after the passing of the famed comedian and actor Louie Anderson in January. Another Hollywood legend that passed away in the same month was the legendary Bob Saget. Other well-known people who went away in the past year included Betty White, Chick Vennera, Jay Black, and Jeanette Maus, all of whom left behind heartbroken legions of devoted followers.
How did Lamont Dozier die?
Lamont Dozier was born in the month of June in the city of Detroit, in the state of Michigan. He soared to prominence thanks to the fact that he had a hand in writing and producing 14 songs that reached number one on the Billboard chart in the United States. Both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted his team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, in 1988 and 1990, respectively. This means that he was admitted into both halls alongside Brian and Eddie Holland. Lamont Dozier Jr., the man’s son, acknowledged his passing on Instagram by posting a picture of the two of them together and writing, “Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!” He concluded the post with an emoji of a broken heart, folded hands, and a sad face. This was done in reference to his father’s passing.
The family did not discuss the circumstances behind Lamont Dozier’s passing. MEAWW will keep you posted. On Instagram, the record label Motown paid an appropriate tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter by writing, “Lamont Dozier was an integral part of the Motown family and his many contributions as a singer, songwriter, and producer made a beautiful and lasting impact on culture around the world.” The ‘Motown family’ would like to express our sincerest condolences to the Dozier family in the loss of their loved one.
“He possessed the spirit of music in his own being.”
Eddie Holland, who collaborated frequently with Lamont Dozier to produce songs for several artists including the Supremes, Four Tops, and the Isley Brothers, provided some insight into Dozier’s personality based on his experiences working with him. According to what Eddie was quoted as saying on the website Freep, “He had a lot of energy for work. Always composing new music, he could be found hunched over his piano.
Eddie went on to say that “He was at his most energetic when he was playing his piano.” It makes no difference to me whether he was miserable, heartbroken, or delighted; the fact remains that he was at that piano. And whenever he was there, he seemed to be in a better mood. It had a profound effect on his mental state and made him feel quite uneasy. He possessed the music; more specifically, he possessed the essence of music. Both Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records were first established by and are now owned by Lamont Dozier. He was responsible for producing a number of hit singles for artists including as Freda Payne, 100 Proof Aged for Soul, and Chairmen of the Board.
“A dominant force in R&B, as well as a talented singer in his own right.”
A lot of people used social media to say their goodbyes and express their condolences. “Rest In Peace Lamont Dozier. He was the brains behind some of the best tunes ever written. His influence on soul music, R&B, and Motown should be remembered forever as a National Treasure because of the significant role he played in those genres. One of them said, “How many songs do we adore that this man had a hand in writing?” while another one jumped in and added, “Oh wow.” A dominant influence in the R&B genre. In addition to that, he is a vocalist on his own. The single “Going Back to My Roots” from 1977 was a smash success. The same year that the television miniseries “Roots” was out, and we were really into it. When I need to clear my head, I still turn to playing that game. Until we meet again, rest in peace.
The following poster stated, “Rest in peace, Lamont Dozier. Along with his longtime collaborators Brian and Eddie Holland, he wrote many wonderful songs, including Baby Don’t Do It.” It was covered by The Band, and in my opinion, this song demonstrates the unparalleled skill of the rhythm section. And yet another wrote in a tweet, “Sad to hear about Lamont Dozier. Won’t get the same degree of attention as more visible and well-known celebrities, but big admiration to him for the enormous stack of wonderful songs he co-wrote, including this one.” One person came to the conclusion that “Lamont Dozier was part of a co-writing partnership that not only wrote songs, but also formed a genre.” Some of the very best tunes I’ve ever heard are ones I’ll never forget.”