Lamont Dozier, Motown Songwriter Behind Countless Hits, Dead At 81

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Motown hitmaker Lamont Dozier, the writer behind countless classics including "Baby Love" and "Two Hearts," has died, RollingStone reports. He was 81.

Dozier's son confirmed his father's death on social media Tuesday (August 9).

“Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!” Lamont Dozier Jr. said alongside a photo of him and his father.

Born in 1941, the Detroit native gained notoriety after joining Motown Records in the 60s with songwriting brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. The trio helped form Detroit's iconic "Motown sound."

Dozier and the Hollands, known as the "Motown Musketeers," worked together on over 200 songs and were the writers behind hit singles for The Four Tops, The Supremes, and The Isley Brothers.

The trio's best-known tracks include “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” to name a few.

In 1990, Dozier and the Holland brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their impact on the music industry.

Dozier also had an illustrious solo career notably collaborating with Phil Collins on “Two Hearts," which won the 1989 Grammy award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.

A number of artists have taken to social media to pay tribute to the music icon.

Grammy award winner Brandon Williams tweeted, “Another man that sat down and taught me a lot about music is gone. The great Lamont Dozier.”

“I’ll never forget meeting and working with him along with the Holland Brothers in 2006,” Williams continued. “Thank you for all you did for me and for the world at large. You definitely made this place better.”

Dozier is survived by his wife, Barbara Ullman Dozier, and his six children.

Rest in peace, Lamont Dozier.

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