Lamont Dozier

Artist-in-Residence

Division: Contemporary Music
Program: Popular Music

Expertise: Songwriting
Phone: (213) 740-3224
Email: popularmusic@thornton.usc.edu

Biography

Lamont Dozier, America’s Number One Songwriter has written over 54 #1 hits for the Supremes, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and many other artists. The integral part of  songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, he penned such timeless songs as “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “Baby Love,” “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by You” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” among other classics.

In 1962 Dozier signed to the Detroit label, Motown, as a triple threat, artist, songwriter and producer, setting the standard of 1960s R&B, fulfilling Lamont’s dream of creating a new music that could cross over to pop radio, where it dominated the era and is as relevant today as it was then.

Dozier then moved to California, enjoyed many solo hits in the 1970s, relocated to London in 1983, and wrote for Alison Moyet, Simply Red, Boy George and Eric Clapton. He collaborated with Phil Collins on songs for the film Buster, earning a Grammy, a Brit Award, a Golden Globe, Britain’s distinguished Ivor Novello honor and an Oscar nomination for “Two Hearts.”

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriter Hall of Fame Inductee, Lamont Dozier continues to push the envelope by writing his own original Broadway Musical, Roll Over Beethoven, and a special “one-time” only reunion with Eddie and Brian Holland for a musical based on the film The First Wives Club.

In 1991, Dozier and his wife Barbara started their own company. His 2002 solo album, Lamont Dozier…An American Original, garnered him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album. A new documentary celebrating his 50 years in the music industry was released in 2008. Dozier continues to work with the best of the latest generation of artists, including Kanye West, Joss Stone, Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and members of the Black-Eyes Peas.