Personalities | Holland-Dozier-Holland | Sixties | Rock

(Songwriting and production team, 1961–75)

Lamont Dozier and brothers Eddie and Brian Holland were all minor Detroit singers when Motown’s Berry Gordy combined their talents and redirected them towards songwriting and production. Their output defined the label’s sound with a pop-savvy mix of gospel, soul and refined R&B. They wrote over 50 Motown classics, performed by almost every member of the label’s roster, and with The Supremes alone they enjoyed five consecutive US No. 1s.

Their bitter departure from Motown in 1967 over artistic and royalty disagreements was Gordy’s biggest mistake, triggering a gradual decline in the label’s pop pre-eminence. Holland-Dozier-Holland formed their own labels Hot Wax and Invictus, and had some 1970s chart success with Chairmen Of The Board (‘Give Me Just A Little More Time’) and Freda Payne (‘Band Of Gold’). The partnership dissolved in 1973, although all three now run HDH Records, and continue to write, produce and record as individuals.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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