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Biography Of Lamont Dozier: Family, Career, Awards, and Death

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Lamont Dozier was born on June 16, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan, as Lamont Herbert Dozier. At the age of 12, he attended Poe Elementary School on the city’s west side and wrote his first lyrics, “A Song,” and composed the piano accompaniment. From 1954 to 1955, he attended Hutchins Junior High School and Northern Senior High School.

Lamont Dozier married Elizabeth Ann Dozier, who died in 2021, and later to Barbara Ullman Dozier. Lamont Dozier, Jr., Michelle Dozier, Michael Dozier, Beau Alexandre Dozier, Paris Dozier, and Desiree Dozier are his seven children.

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Dozier started his career at Motown, where he was a member of the legendary songwriting team Holland, Dozier, and Holland. Dozier, on the other hand, began a solo recording career in the early 1970s. In 1973, he released his first album, Out Here on My Own. The album’s singles included “Trying to Hold on to My Woman,” which charted at no. 4 R&B and no. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Fish Ain’t Bitin,” which charted at no. 4 R&B and no. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. US. The following year, he released his second album, Black Bach with the hits “Let Me Start Tonite,” which reached no. 4 R&B and no. 87 on the Hot 100 and “All Cried Out” that peaked at no. 41 R&B.

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That’s My Mama, the theme song for the second season of the TV sitcom of the same name, was written by Dozier in 1975. Two years later, in 1977, he released Peddlin’ Music on the Side, which featured the hit “Goin’ Back to My Roots,” which peaked at number 35 on the Dance chart, followed by the album Bittersweet, which featured the cut “Boogie Business,” which peaked at number 47 on the Dance chart.

Dozier released the albums Lamont Dozier and Inside Seduction a decade later, in 1987. Both albums debuted at number 60 on the R&B album chart. Also in 1987, Dozier composed the song “Without You” for the soundtrack of the film Leonard Part 6, which was performed by R&B artists Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. That song was more popular than any of his other singles. It reached number eight on the Adult Contemporary chart, number fourteen on R&B, number 85 in the United Kingdom, and number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling one million records.

Dozier has received numerous awards and honors, including “Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television” for Buster, which he shared with Phil Collins for the song “Two Hearts” at the 31st Annual Grammy Awards in 1989. In 1990, Dozier was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He received the Grammy Trustees Award for significant contributions to music nine years later, in 1998. In 2002, he was nominated for “Best Traditional R& Vocal Album” for “An American Original” at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards.

Reflections of Lamont Dozier, a compilation of 12 cover versions of hit songs written by Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland for Motown in the 1960s, was released in 2004. “I Hear A Symphony,” “Heatwave,” “Stop! In The Name of Love,” “Baby Love,” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” were among them.

Lamont Herbert Dozier, Sr. was a University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Artist-in-Residence Professor in 2008. The following year, Dozier wrote the music and lyrics for the musical stage version of First Wives Club, which included the songs “Forever Came Today,” “I Can’t Help Myself,” “Reach Out,” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.”

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