Lamont Dozier, one third of the famed songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, has died, according to a report from The Guardian. His son confirmed reports of his death on Instagram. He was 81.
Part of a songwriting team with Brian and Eddie Holland, Dozier co-wrote dozens of singles throughout the ’60s, and were contracted by Motown Records until 1968. Among the singles they wrote together were Martha and the Vandellas’ “Heat Wave,” Marvin Gaye‘s “Can I Get a Witness,” The Supremes‘ “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Stop! In the Name of Love,” The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself,” Freda Payne’s “Band of Gold,” and many others.
Dozier also composed songs for Phil Collins, Alison Moyet and Debbie Gibson, and released 12 albums of his own as a performer throughout his career, most recently 2018’s Reimagination. In 1990 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Holland-Dozier-Holland, and in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1988.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ullman Dozier, and his six children.