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Lamont Dozier

Lamont Dozier, architect of the Motown Sound, reunited with
Hollands (Holland-Dozier-Holland) for the first and ONLY time after 30
years, to write the score for the stage production of "First Wives Club"
previewing before Broadway, at the Old Globe on July 21. Lamont can also
speak about his special relationship with Michael Jackson if you like.

Lamont Dozier rose to fame as one third of the legendary songwriting team of
Holland-Dozier- Holland. As one of BMI's most honored songwriters, he has
over fifty-four #1 hits for such chart topping artists as the Supremes, the
Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and many others. As part of H-D-H, he penned classics
including "Baby I Need Your Loving" (9 million performances), "Baby Love" (4
million performances), "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)" (7 million),
"I Hear a Symphony" (4 million), "It's the Same Old Song" (4 million),
"Reach Out I'll Be There" (5 million), "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for
You)" (5 million), "Where Did Our Love Go" (5 million), "You Can't Hurry
Love" (8 million) and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (5 million).  The remarkable
success has been honored with induction into both the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.  In addition, Dozier has been one of
the most active and vocal proponents of copyright protection for the
creative community, testifying before Congress and speaking with legislators
on these issues during his numerous visits to Washington, D.C.

His passion for music began in Detroit, where Dozier grew up listening to
his father's record collection of pop/jazz singers, sang in the Baptist
gospel choir and absorbed the classical music his aunt played on the family
piano. He signed to Berry Gordy's hometown Motown label, the Sound of Young
America, in 1962 as a triple threat, artist, producer and songwriter. It was
there he hooked up with Brian Holland and later on, his brother Eddie,
setting the standard of '60s R&B and soul, fulfilling Lamont's dream of
creating music that could cross over to pop radio.  It dominated the era and
laid the foundation for successors, and in 1968 they left the nest to set up
their own Invictus and Hot Wax labels.

In 1972, Lamont opted to pursue a solo career that has proven to be equally
fruitful.  When his first single, "Why Can't We Be Lovers," became a
regional hit, ABC Dunhill swooped him up and released his first solo album,
"Out Here On My Own," scoring success with the singles, "Trying to Hold on
to My Woman" and "Fish Ain't Bitin'," and earning him a nod as Best New Male
Pop Vocalist from Billboard. Many of the songs from his '70s solo albums
have been sampled by innumerable artists from rappers Notorious B.I.G. and
Tupac Shakur, soul icons Mary J. Blige, Nas and Usher, to alternative
rockers Linkin Park.

After enjoying  stints on Warner Bros., where he had a hit with "Going Back
To My Roots," and Columbia Records, Dozier spread his wings and went to
Europe where he worked with Simply Red, Boy George and Eric Clapton, to name
a few. He collaborated with Phil Collins on the soundtrack for Buster, which
earned them a Grammy, Golden Globe Award, Brit Award, Britain's
distinguished Ivor Novello honor and an Oscar nomination for the song, "Two
Hearts".

In 1991, back in the USA, Dozier and wife Barbara started their own company
and in 2002 released his solo album, "Lamont Dozier…An American Original,"
for which he received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal
Album. 

Lamont continues to work with such chart-topping acts as Kanye West,
Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, members of the Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone and
most recently, Solange Knowles and George Benson.

And now, thirty years after going their separate ways, Lamont and the
Hollands have reunited, for the first and only time, to write the score for
the Broadway production of "The First Wives Club." The project adds theater
to Lamont's long list of conquests.  He is independently in negotiations
with producers on original Broadway productions which he has created,
including "Angel Quest."

When not in the studio or on the road for his various gigs and philanthropic
projects, he is very active in his service as a Trustee of NARAS, the
recording academy responsible for the Grammys. He is Chairman of their
Advocacy Committee, an appointed position, and he speaks on songwriter
panels for Grammy Camp and Career Day in School, wishing to give back some
of the knowledge he has accumulated through his long and influential career.
He is passionate about helping young aspiring talent to understand the
business he knows so well.



You can visit his website at: http://www.lamontdozier.com







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