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Motown legend Lamont Dozier dies at 81: Wrote hits for Supremes, Four Tops

He was one of the architects of a genre.

Motown legend Lamont his Dodger — the singer behind iconic hits like "Baby Love" and "Two Hearts" and his songwriter and producer mastermind — says he Died at the age of 81. The death of the music icon was confirmed at . His Instagram post on Tuesday was by his son Lamont Dozier his junior

. Dozier's family wrote in a post along with a photo of himself and his late father. His cause of death is unknown at this time.

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1941, the pioneering songwriter first joined the legendary Motown record in 1962 after joining his composer brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. Got a rating. Together they helped create Detroit's signature 'Motown sound'.

"The Motown Musketeers" during his illustrious career he collaborated on over 200 songs,for iconic bands such as the Tops, Supremes and Isley His Brothers. and built acareer.

Lamont Dozier attends Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration at Microsoft Theater on February 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Holland-Dozier-Holland's greatest hits genre-defining songs such as 'Where Did Our Love Go','Baby Love', 'You Can't Hurry Love' and 'Reach Out I'll Be There'.

"We were more surprised than anyone else when they came up with so many songs," he said in his 2015 interview with Dozier. The Guardian} told  .

According to him, the trio would often arrive at the studio at 9am and work until 3am, and from 15 minutes he would spend 15 days working on song after song.

Hoping to create positive songs that contrast with darker times, the Motown masters are known for pairing dark lyrics with paradoxically upbeat tempos.

Legendary Motown songwriting team from left: Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, and Brian Holland.
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Overtly Sexist "Frankly, the women bought the records," Dodger said, explaining their feminist tinge to The Guardian. I wanted music that spoke, but a woman raised me.”

He added: I trusted women and I still do. A woman runs my business.

Holland-Dozier-Holland garnered many accolades during his storied career, including being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

(L-R) Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Valerie Simpson, William 'Mickey' Stevenson, and Smokey Robinson appear onstage during Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration at Microsoft Theater on February 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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In 1973, Dodger separated from the Holland brothers. , embarked on a successful solo career. It is worth noting that he collaborated with Phil Collins on the song "Two Hearts" for the soundtrack of the 1988 film Buster. The song topped the charts and won a Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Song Written Specifically for Film or Television.

Dozier was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
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Music world devastated by loss of icon .

"God bless Lamont

Grammy Award-winning recording artist Brandon Williams also paid tribute to the late musician, writing: The great Lamont Dozier."

"I will never forget meeting and working with him in 2006 with Holland Brothers," he added. "Thank you for what you have done for me and for the world at large. You have definitely made this place a better place."

Dozier has his wife's boyfriend Barbara Ullman Dozier and his six children.