October 31, 1999
I appreciated Greg Braxton's article on Lamont Dozier, who contributed so much to the soul sounds of the 1960s and '70s ("How Sweet It Was," Oct. 24). But a reference to the song "Only You" being recorded by the Drifters was an amazing gaffe. It was a mega-hit by the Platters, their first of many. STEPHEN C. PROPES Long Beach
October 24, 1999 |
The mood was set. The singer entered the recording studio below his living room, went past the wall of vintage musical keyboards and settled into the sound booth. Everything was familiar--the surroundings, the atmosphere and most important, the song he was about to tape. A breath. Then the lyrics, the ones he knew so well, began flowing in low, soulful tones. "My world is empty without you, babe. My world is empty without you, babe. And as I go my way alone, I find it hard for me to carry on.
August 4, 1998 |
Legendary Motown songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, creators of hits such as "Stop in the Name of Love" and "I Hear a Symphony," are singing to the tune of $30 million as they become the latest musicians to wrap up a security deal backed by future music royalties. The bond deal, which got a single-A rating from two major credit-rating agencies, will be backed by more than 300 of the trio's compositions, according to Pullman Group, which underwrote the private placement.
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June 16, 1998 |
The wife of a Motown singer and songwriter was arrested Monday night on suspicion of harboring a fugitive when police found a carjacking suspect hiding in her bedroom after he eluded officers during a flight that turned into a televised freeway chase, police said. Barbara Dozier, 47, was booked Monday night at Van Nuys Jail, said Los Angeles Police Officer Jason Lee. Dozier is married to Lamont Dozier, 57, who was instrumental in the birth of the Motown sound.
March 12, 1993 |
Lamont Dozier Honored: Michael Bolton and the Four Tops are among the performers set to salute Grammy-winning songwriter Lamont Dozier ("Stop in the Name of Love," "Heat Wave," "Baby I Need Your Loving") tonight. The tribute is part of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's Promise Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
November 20, 1987 |
"Motown kept pumping the singles out. They would barely go up the charts before we'd have to have another one ready," Eddie Holland said, sitting in a North Hollywood rehearsal studio with longtime partners Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland. The team was reminiscing about the days two decades ago when they wrote and produced such Motown classics as "Reach Out I'll Be There" for the Four Tops and "You Can't Hurry Love" for the Supremes.