Today is the birthday of Lamont Dozier, born on this day in Detroit,
Michigan in 1941. Dozier's musical career got off to an early start.
He was raised by musical parents, and became a member of the church
choir at an young age. He first recorded at 15, but his success came
as a songwriter for the Motown Corporation. He met Brian Holland in
1961 and they formed a song writing team. When Brian's brother Eddie
joined, they became Holland, Dozier, Holland, and eventually were
known worldwide as one of the best song writing teams, period. They
wrote and produced a profusion of hits recorded by Marvin Gaye, the
Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops and many, many others. In
1968, Brian and Lamont left Tamla Motown to form their own company,
and later returned to singing themselves. It is also the birthday of
Patrick Waite (Musical Youth), and Malcolm Mortimer (Gentle Giant),
and Ian Mosley (Curved Air/Marillion).