A Short History of Holland, Dozier and Holland (1962-67) on ZANI

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Lamont Dozier and brothers, Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. were a song writing and production partnership who wrote and arranged many of the Motown hits from 1962–1967.
Their works were in no short measure the powerhouse of the Detroit years. Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland composed and produced each song, and Eddie Holland wrote the lyrics and arranged the vocals. Eddie Holland started as a singer at Motown and had a minor hit with "Jamie" (1961).

Brother, Brian Holland was a Motown staff songwriter and helped compose the Number 1 hit ‘Please Mr Postman’ for The Marvelettes'. Aged 15, Lamont Dozier was a singer and recorded with the Romeos then after he met Berry Gordy, Jr, he recorded as Lamont Anthony for Gordy's Anna Records label in 1961.

Holland, Dozier and Holland inaugurated their collaboration in 1962 with the single “Dearest One,” released under Dozier’s name on the Mel-O-Dy label (a Motown subsidiary).

In March 1963, the trio teamed up full-time to work at Motown’s Hitsville offices in a cinderblock recording studio. At first they wrote material for themselves and other artists then gradually their forte was working with artists on contract to Motown Records. The combination of The Funk Brothers and Holland, Dozier and Holland material proved mercurial in the development of the Motown Sound under the watchful eye of Berry Gordy Jnr.

After several years of unprecedented success disagreements over profit sharing and royalties led to an acrimonious separation in 1968. Holland Dozier and Holland left Motown. At first lawsuits prevented them from writing songs but they still produced a number of hits released through new labels, Invictus and Hot Wax. Most notable on the Invictus catalogue was the 1970 hits "Give Me Just a Little More Time," by The Chairman of the Board, and "Band of Gold " by Freda Payne. Hits on Hot Wax included "Girls It Ain't Easy, and "The Day I Found Myself" by Honey Cone.

After an out of court settlement Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier started writing and recording again. Harold Beatty eventually replaced Lamont Dozier in the Holland Dozier and Holland Productions and they continued to write and produced songs for a number of artists. Eddie Holland later collaborated with Norman Whitfield on "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep," " (I Know) I'm Losing You" all hits for The Temptations. Despite modest success they were never to repeat their previous highs and in 1973 their partnership ended. Lamont Dozier continued as a solo performer and writer. He later produced Aretha Franklin's Sweet Passion (1977).

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