In Memoriam: Lamont Dozier (1941 – 2022)

Lamont Herbert Dozier (June 16, 1941 – August 8, 2022) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, from Detroit, Michigan. He co-wrote and produced 14 US Billboard number 1 hits and 4 number ones in the UK.

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.

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.

Dozier was married three times. His first two marriages, to Ann Brown and Daphne Dumas, ended in divorce. His third marriage, to Barbara Ullman, lasted from 1980 until her death in 2021. They had three children and he had three children from his previous relationships.

Dozier died at his home near Scottsdale, Arizona on August 8, 2022, at the age of 81.