Lamont Dozier Passes Away

Lamont Dozier, of the mighty Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, passed away on August 8.  A woefully belated thread around here. 
These songs: 

“A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Every Day),” “Mickey’s Monkey,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “Heat Wave,” “Can I Get a Witness,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Baby, Don’t You Do It,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “Stop! in the Name of Love,” “Nowhere to Run,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s the Same Old Song,” “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” “I Hear a Symphony,” “My World is Empty Without You,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” “Love’s Gone Bad,” “7 Rooms of Gloom,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” “Bernadette,” “Heaven Must have Sent You,” “You Keep Me Hanging On,” “Come ‘Round Here (I’m the One you Need),” “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” “Band of Gold,”

…and many more


WOW, what a flock of memories flew through my brain as I was reading through the list of songs he contributed to, actually played a few last night that were covered by Jr. Walker and the All Stars. A few are staples as I put my grand kids to bed as we sing them together. R.I.P.

It’s ridiculous.

And that above list are just the bigguns.

As consequential as Goffin/King, Lennon/McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Ashford/Simpson, Leiber/Stoller, Gamble/Huff, and Stevie Wonder, when you stack up the numbers like that.

Wow what a loss to the music world. Growing up thru the early 60’s I can’t imagine that my love for music would be the same with out this Trio of writers, Lamont Dozier may not have been actively writing In his senior years, but has left a legacy.

My sympathies to his family and partners.

Songwriters of Lamont’s talent are few and far between. Writing a song is a very different thing from singing it or playing it, and very few bands had/have a songwriter with Lamont’s songwriting talent and skill.

The Band recorded "Don’t Do It" (originally recorded by Marvin Gaye) and put it on the B-side of their "Rag Mama Rag" 45 RPM single (for years the only place you could hear their studio recording of the song), and is the opening track on their Rock Of Ages live album. They also perform it in The Last Waltz, with a horn section playing charts written by Allen Toussaint, which will make the hair on your head stand straight up. Magnificent!