Lamont Dozier (RIP 1941-2022)

Motown hitmaker Lamont Dozier, who penned songs for The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Isley Brothers, as well as Marvin Gaye and Martha and the Vandellas, has died aged 81. The news was confirmed by his son Lamont Dozier Jr on Instagram.

As part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, he had many number one records and also won Grammy awards. Their hits include Baby Love, Nowhere to Run, How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You) and You Can't Hurry Love.

Very sad. He was one of the very first songwriters whose names I knew thanks to, of all things, his later work on these two classiques:

It actually blew my mind to learn that Dozier wrote Going Back to My Roots. I always assumed it was an original by Odyssey and then found out it was a Dozier original which he also recorded.

The Lamont album that song is from, Peddlin' Music on the Side is *amazing.* It's so intensely emotional and profound. Highly recommended!

Another sad loss to the music world. The Motown songwriting is legendary and that will live on forever. Motown was one of the first types of music I remember (via my parents) and it’s stuck with me into my adult life. Such talent.