The songs of Lamont Dozier, along with songwriting collaborators Brian and Eddie Holland, are synonymous with the success of the Motown Sound - Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes, Baby I Need Your Lovin’ by The Four Tops, This Ole Heart Of Mine by The Isely Brothers, (Love Is Like A) Heatwave by Martha and the Vandellas, just to name a few of the dozens of hits.
Lamont’s Motown years from 1962-68 were just the first phase of his story. In 1972, he returned to his original aspiration as a recording artist with hit singles Why Can’t We Be Lovers, Trying To Hold On To My Woman and Fish Ain’t Bitin’, leading to Billboard magazine’s Best New Artist award.
In the 1980 he moved to Europe for two productive years culminating in Two Hearts, a song he co-wrote with Phil Collins who performed it in the soundtrack of the movie Buster, earning the duo a Grammy, a Brit award, a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
In 2004, Lamont combined both phases of his career for the first time on his CD, Reflections of..., reinterpreting 12 of his Motown hits. “I thought the people that grew up with these songs might like to hear them the way they started,” Lamont shares. “They started as ballads. This way, the songs would have a lot of feeling. As writers, it became a habit to start out singing them really slow to milk the feelings, then picking up the tempo for the Motown stars to sing.”
An inductee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriter Hall of Fame, he is still writing, still singing and producing new artists for his Jam Right Productions, and enjoying his rebirth as a recording artist, reinterpreting the timeless songs that have made him a songwriting icon.