There is no question that Lamont Dozier is best known as part of the Motown production/songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Along with Brian and Eddie Holland, Dozier was responsible for writing 14 #1 hits. Very few songwriters can lay claim that that kind of success. Dozier’s career as a performer is somewhat less celebrated, but it certainly had its moments.
Dozier actually started as a performer in Detroit appearing with groups like the Romeos, the Voice Masters, and under the name La Mont Anthony. The groups recorded for labels like Fox, Anna, Frisco, and Checkmate, without much success. In 1962, Dozier finally released a single under his own name, but like the releases that came before it, “Dearest One” (Mel-o-dy Records) didn’t chart … (more)