The Info List - Lamont Dozier

Lamont Herbert Dozier (DŌ-zhər[1]; born June 16, 1941) is an American songwriter and record producer, born in Detroit, Michigan. Dozier has co-written and produced 14 US Billboard number 1 hits and 4 number ones in the UK.[2]


1 Career

1.1 Early years 1.2 Performer 1.3 Composer

2 Hall of Fame 3 Personal life 4 Discography (USA only)

4.1 As featured performer 4.2 As composer

5 Album discography 6 References 7 External links

Career[edit] Dozier was a member of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the songwriting and production team responsible for much of the Motown
sound and numerous hit records by artists such as Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Isley Brothers. Along with Brian Holland, Dozier served as the team's musical arranger and producer, while Eddie Holland concentrated mainly on lyrics and vocal production.[citation needed] Along with the Holland Brothers, Dozier followed his work for Motown
Records as founder and owner of Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records, producing top-charting hits for acts Freda Payne, Honey Cone, Chairmen of the Board, and 100 Proof Aged in Soul. Early years[edit]

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Dozier recorded a few unsuccessful records for various Detroit
labels before the trio started working together as a writing and production team for Motown
in 1962. They first made their mark the following year with Martha and The Vandellas' early hits, including "Come And Get These Memories" (number 6 R&B), "Heatwave" (number 1 R&B, number 4 pop), and "Quicksand" (number 8 pop). In 1964, "Where Did Our Love Go" became the first of ten number 1 pop hits which Holland–Dozier–Holland would write and produce for the Supremes over the next three years or so. After Holland–Dozier–Holland left Motown
in 1968 to form the Invictus and Hot Wax labels, Dozier began recording as an artist on their labels. The most successful song was "Why Can't We Be Lovers" (number 9 Billboard R&B). Dozier departed from Holland–Dozier–Hollandin the mid-1970s and was replaced by new arranger-producer Harold Beatty. Performer[edit]

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Dozier went on to record a number of albums as a performer in his own right, also writing much of the material. The 1977 album, Peddlin' Music On The Side (Warner Bros. Records) contained "Going Back to My Roots", which was later recorded by Odyssey. The earlier "Black Bach" (ABC Records) featured the country-flavored "All Cried Out" (#4 R&B, #26 pop). He had his biggest hit with 1974's "Trying to Hold On to My Woman" (ABC), which reached #15 pop, #4 R&B. In 1981, he scored a beach music hit with "Cool Me Out." Composer[edit] Dozier had another number 1 hit as a songwriter in the 1980s, joining with Phil Collins
Phil Collins
to write the song "Two Hearts" for the movie soundtrack for Buster. "Two Hearts" received a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, tying with "Let the River Run" from Working Girl by Carly Simon, an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. Collins and Dozier also co-wrote "Loco in Acapulco" for The Four Tops, which is also featured on the Buster Soundtrack. In 1984, Essex-born singer Alison Moyet
Alison Moyet
scored a U.S. top 40 hit with the Dozier-penned "Invisible". Three years later, Dozier cowrote "Infidelity" and "Suffer" with Simply Red
Simply Red
frontman Mick Hucknall
Mick Hucknall
for the British pop-soul band's second album, Men and Women. In 1989, they teamed again to write "You've Got It" and "Turn It Up" for Simply Red's follow-up LP, A New Flame. In 1987, Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
composed alone a song for the soundtrack of another film: the song "Without You", which was recorded as a duet by the R&B singers Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
and Regina Belle,[3] to be the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6, released the same year.[4] The film starred Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
in the lead role.[4] The song was released as a single and entered the United States
United States
and United Kingdom
United Kingdom
music charts, peaked at #8 on the Adult Contemporary Tracks,[5] #14 on the R&B chart,[6] #85 on the UK Singles,[7] and #89 on the Billboard Hot 100,[8] between 1987 and 1988. "Without You" was also recorded for the Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
album Positive, released in 1988.[9] "Without You" also received two adaptations: the first was in Portuguese[10] and the second was in Spanish,[10] in 1989 and 1990, respectively.[10] Both adaptations received the title "Amor Dividido",[10] and were recorded by the Brazilian singer Rosana,[10] "Amor Dividido" in Spanish is a duet by Rosana with the Spanish singer Emmanuel.[10] Hall of Fame[edit] Dozier and the Holland brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.[11] In 2009, he worked on the music for the musical stage version of the movie First Wives Club.[12] He is also teaching[when?] a course of popular music at the University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Thornton School of Music. Personal life[edit] Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
lives in Encino, California, with his wife of thirty-plus years, and their three musically talented children: sons Beau Alexandre (born November 26, 1979) and Paris Ray (born September 12, 1984), and daughter Desiree Starr (born August 1, 1988).[13] He is also related to stand-up comedian and actor John Witherspoon, of The Wayans Bros. and the Friday film series fame.[14] Discography (USA only)[edit] As featured performer[edit] As a member of The Romeos

“Gone, Gone, Get Away” (1957); Fox 749 “Moments To Remember You By” (1957); Fox 846

As a member of The Voice Masters:

“Hope And Pray” (1959); Anna 101 “Needed” (1959); Anna 102 “In Love In Vain” (1960); Frisco 15235

As a member of Ty Hunter and The Voice Masters:

“Orphan Boy” (1960); Anna 1114 “Free” (1960); Anna 1123

As La Mont Anthony:

“Popeye (The Sailor Man)” (1961) withdrawn, and replaced by "Benny The Skinny Man" (same backing track, new vocal); Anna 1125 “Benny The Skinny Man” (1961); Anna 1125 “Just To Be Loved” / “I Didn't Know (What A Good Thing I Had)” (1961); Checkmate 1001

As Lamont Dozier:

“Dearest One” (1962); Mel-o-dy 102

As a member of Holland-Dozier ( Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
and Brian Holland):

“What Goes Up Must Come Down” (1963); Motown
1045 “Don't Leave Me” (1972); Invictus 9110 “Why Can't We Be Lovers” (1972); Invictus 9125 “Don't Leave Me Starvin' For Your Love” (1972); Invictus 9133 “Slipping Away” (1973); Invictus 1253 “If You Don't Wanta Be In My Life” (1973); Invictus 1254 “You Took Me From A World Outside” (1973); Invictus 1258

As Lamont Dozier:

“Trying To Hold On To My Woman” (1973); ABC 11407 “Fish Ain't Bitin'” (1974); ABC 11438 “Let Me Start Tonite” (1974); ABC 12044 “All Cried Out” (1975); ABC 12076 “Out Here On My Own” (1976); ABC 12234 “Sight For Sore Eyes” (1977); Warner Brothers 8432 “Boogie Business” (1979); Warner Brothers 8792 “Cool Me Out” (1981); Columbia 02035 “Too Little Too Long” (1981); Columbia 02238 “Shout About It” (1982); M & M 502 “Inside Seduction” (1991); Atlantic / Wea “Close The Door” & “Me & Mrs Jones”; (2006) Soul Renaissance (from A Soulful Tale Of Two Cities -various artists CD)

As composer[edit]

1984: "Invisible" – Alison Moyet 1987: "Without You" – Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
and Regina Belle[3] 1989: "Two Hearts" – Phil Collins[15] 1989: "Amor Dividido (Without You)" (Portuguese) – Rosana[10] 1990: "Amor Dividido (Without You)" (Spanish) – Rosana and Emmanuel[10]

Album discography[edit]

Out Here on My Own (1973); ABC 804 Black Bach (1974); ABC 839 Love & Beauty (1974); Invictus 33134 Right There (1976); WB 2929 Peddlin' Music on the Side (1977); WB 3039 Bittersweet (1979); WB 3282 Working on You (1981); Columbia 37129 Lamont (1981); M&M 104 Bigger Than Life (1983); UK Demon FIEND12 Inside Seduction (1991); Atlantic 82228 Reflections of Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
(2004); Jam Right/Zebra 54633


^ https://web.archive.org/web/20071121203446/http://www.sos.mo.gov:80/wolfner/SayHow/?id=d ^ Amazon.com ^ a b 45cat. " Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
and Regina Belle
Regina Belle
– "Without You" (Love Theme From "Leonard Part 6") (1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.  ^ a b Cineplex. " Leonard Part 6
Leonard Part 6
- (December 18, 1987)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.  ^ Billboard. " Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
- Adult Contemporary Chart". Retrieved February 19, 2018.  ^ Billboard. " Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
- Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart". Retrieved February 19, 2018.  ^ The Official UK Charts. " Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
and Regina Belle
Regina Belle
- UK Charts". Retrieved February 19, 2018.  ^ Billboard. " Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
- The Hot 100 Chart". Retrieved February 19, 2018.  ^ Discogs. " Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson
– Positive (1988)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.  ^ a b c d e f g h Cantoras do Brasil. "Rosana (Rosanah Fiengo)". Retrieved February 19, 2018.  ^ " Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Inductees by Year 1990". Official website of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. 2013. pp. Induction category: Non–Performer for Holland–Dozier–Holland. Retrieved 18 February 2013.  ^ "The Old Globe". The Old Globe. Retrieved April 16, 2012.  ^ "Lamontdozier.com". Lamontdozier.com.  ^ "The Film Strip: John Witherspoon Talks 'A Thousand Words'". Eurweb.com. Lee Bailey's Electronic Urban Report. Retrieved October 12, 2015.  ^ "Song library". Lamontdozier.com. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Audio interview with Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
on the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast Oral History, Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
shares moments of his life story and career. Interview date June 20, 2012, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library

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1962 "Dearest One" "Old Love (Let's Try It Again)" "Darling, I Hum Our Song"

1963 "Leaving Here" "Locking Up My Heart" "What Goes Up Must Come Down" / "Come on Home" "Tie a String Around Your Finger" "Come and Get These Memories" / "Jealous Lover" "You Lost the Sweetest Boy" "Heat Wave" / "A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)" "(He Won't Be True) Little Girl Blue" "Mickey's Monkey" "Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye" / "Come on Home" "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" / "Standing at the Crossroads of Love" "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying" "Quicksand" / "Darling I Hum Our Song" "Live Wire" / "Old Love (Let's Try It Again)" "Run, Run, Run" / "I'm Giving You Your Freedom" "Can I Get a Witness"

1964 "A Tear from a Woman's Eyes" "My Lady Bug Stay Away from That Beatle" "Like a Nightmare" / "If You Were Mine" "In My Lonely Room" "Just Ain't Enough Love" "Where Did Our Love Go" "Baby Don't You Do It" "Guarantee for a Lifetime" "Baby I Need Your Loving" / "Call on Me" "Candy to Me" / "If You Don't Want My Love" "Whisper You Love Me Boy" "Baby Love" / "Ask Any Girl" "Come See About Me" / (You're Gone But) Always in My Heart" "Without the One You Love (Life's Not Worth While)" / "Love has Gone" "You're a Wonderful One" "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"

1965 "Where Did You Go" "Stop! In the Name of Love" / "I'm in Love Again" "You've Been a Long Time Coming" "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" "Nowhere to Run" "Back in My Arms Again" / "Whisper You Love Me Boy" "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" "The Only Time I'm Happy" "Mother Dear" / "He Holds His Own" "Nothing but Heartaches" / "He Holds His Own" "Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)" "It's the Same Old Song" / "Your Love Is Amazing" "Mother Dear" / "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" "I Hear a Symphony" / "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" "Something About You" "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" "Darling Baby" "There's a Ghost in My House"

1966 "(I'm a) Roadrunner" "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" "Ask any Man" "My World Is Empty Without You" "Put Yourself in My Place" "There's No Love Left" "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" / "Just as Long as You Need Me" "Helpless" / "A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)" "Call on Me" "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" / "He's All I Got" "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love" "I Like Everything About You" "I Guess I'll Always Love You" "Nothing but Soul" "Love's Gone Bad" / "Put Yourself in My Place" "You Can't Hurry Love" / "Put Yourself in My Place" "Little Darling (I Need You)" "Reach Out I'll Be There" / "Until You Love Someone" "Stay in My Lonely Arms" "You Keep Me Hangin' On" / "I Wanna Mother You, Smother You With Love" "You Keep Me Hangin' On" / "Remove This Doubt" "Standing in the Shadows of Love" / Since You've Been Gone" "I'm Ready for Love" "(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" "Heaven Must Have Sent You"

1967 "Just One Last Look" "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" / There's No Stopping Us Now" "Your Love Is Amazing" "Jimmy Mack" / "Third Finger, Left Hand" "Bernadette" / "I Got a Feeling" "My World Is Empty Without You" "The Happening" / "All I Know About You" "Just Ain't Enough Love" "7-Rooms of Gloom" / "I'll Turn to Stone" "I Understand My Man" "Your Unchanging Love" / "I'll Take Care of You" "Reflections" / "Going Down for the Third Time" "One Way Out" "You Keep Me Running Away" / "If You Don't Want My Love" "I Got a Feeling" "In and Out of Love" / "I Guess I'll Always Love You"

1968 "Whisper You Love Me Boy" "Forever Came Today" "I'm in a Different World"

1969 "We've Got a Way Out Love" "Crumbs off the Table"

1970 "Give Me Just a Little More Time" "(You've Got Me) Dangling on a String" "Everything's Tuesday" "Band of Gold" "Westbound #9"

1972 "The Day I Found Myself" "Don't Leave Me Starvin' for Your Love" "Why Can't We Be Lovers"

1973 "You're Gonna Need Me"

1975 "We're Almost There" "Just a Little Bit of You" "Early Morning Love" "Where Do I Go from Here"

1976 "I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking" "High Energy" "Let Yourself Go"

1982 "We Can Never Light That Old Flame Again"

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Motown Hot Wax Records Invictus Records List of songs written by Holland, Dozier and Holland

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Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song


"Town Without Pity" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1961) "Circus World" Lyrics by Ned Washington, Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (1964) "Forget Domani" Lyrics by Norman Newell, Music by Riz Ortolani
Riz Ortolani
(1965) "Strangers in the Night" Lyrics by Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Music by Bert Kaempfert
Bert Kaempfert
(1966) "If Ever I Would Leave You" Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe (1967) "The Windmills of Your Mind" Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Michel Legrand (1968) "Jean" Music & Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen


"Whistling Away the Dark" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Henry Mancini (1970) "Life Is What You Make It" Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1971) "Ben" Lyrics by Don Black, Music by Walter Scharf (1972) "The Way We Were" Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Music by Marvin Hamlisch (1973) "I Feel Love" Lyrics by Betty Box, Music by Euel Box (1974) "I'm Easy" Music & Lyrics by Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine
(1975) "Evergreen" Lyrics by Paul Williams, Music by Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1976) "You Light Up My Life" Music & Lyrics by Joseph Brooks (1977) "Last Dance" Music & Lyrics by Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara
(1978) "The Rose" Music & Lyrics by Amanda McBroom
Amanda McBroom


"Fame" Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore (1980) "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Music & Lyrics by Peter Allen, Burt Bacharach, Christopher Cross, & Carole Bayer Sager (1981) "Up Where We Belong" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie
(1982) "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Lyrics by Irene Cara, Keith Forsey, Music by Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder
(1983) "I Just Called to Say I Love You" Music & Lyrics by Stevie Wonder (1984) "Say You, Say Me" Music & Lyrics by Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985) "Take My Breath Away" Lyrics by Tom Whitlock, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1986) "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Lyrics by Franke Previte, Music by John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz (1987) "Let the River Run" Music & Lyrics by Carly Simon/"Two Hearts" Lyrics by Phil Collins, Music by Lamont Dozier
Lamont Dozier
(1988) "Under the Sea" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Alan Menken


"Blaze of Glory" Music & Lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
(1990) "Beauty and the Beast" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken (1991) "A Whole New World" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Alan Menken
Alan Menken
(1992) "Streets of Philadelphia" Music & Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen (1993) "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Elton John (1994) "Colors of the Wind" Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Music by Alan Menken (1995) "You Must Love Me" Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (1996) "My Heart Will Go On" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by James Horner (1997) "The Prayer" Music & Lyrics by David Foster, Tony Renis, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa (1998) "You'll Be in My Heart" Music & Lyrics by Phil Collins
Phil Collins


"Things Have Changed" Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(2000) "Until..." Music and lyrics by Sting (2001) "The Hands That Built America" Music and lyrics by Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge
The Edge
& Larry Mullen Jr.
Larry Mullen Jr.
(2002) "Into the West" Music and lyrics by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore
Howard Shore
& Frances Walsh (2003) "Old Habits Die Hard" Music and lyrics by Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger
& David A. Stewart (2004) "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, Music by Gustavo Santaolalla
Gustavo Santaolalla
(2005) "The Song of the Heart" Music and lyrics by Prince Rogers Nelson (2006) "Guaranteed" Music and lyrics by Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder
(2007) "The Wrestler" Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(2008) "The Weary Kind" Music and lyrics by Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham
& T Bone Burnett (2009)


"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" Music & Lyrics by Diane Warren (2010) "Masterpiece" Music & Lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry (2011) "Skyfall" by Adele
Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012) "Ordinary Love" by U2 and Danger Mouse (2013) "Glory" by Common and John Legend
John Legend
(2014) "Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes (2015) "City of Stars" by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016) "This Is Me" by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2017)

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