June 18, 2009

Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Class Honors Lamont Dozier

This evening, Lamont Dozier will receive the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award along with Brian Holland and Eddie Holland, Jr. at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 40th Anniversary Gala.

Master Class moderator Nelson George and Lamont Dozier

A sold out crowd at the Kaufman Center on Tuesday for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Class was treated to a very special, intimate evening of stories about the wonder years of Motown Records and the origination of some of the many hits written by Lamont Dozier and the powerhouse songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland.

H-D-H were credited with creating the Motown Sound and had 13 #1 consecutive hits with The Supremes alone!. Some of their classics include "You Can't Hurry Love," "Baby I Need Your Loving," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," "Stop! In The Name of Love," and "Where Did Our Love Go."

Moderator and cultural commentator Nelson George coaxed fascinating and entertaining tales out of the songwriting icon about working with Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, The Marvelettes, Phil Collins and, most recently, Solange Knowles, but also shared songwriting tips that helped propel his career, making him a living legend in the industry.


At the end of the Master Class, the crowd helped Dozier celebrate his 68th birthday, singing "Happy Birthday" in unison as a big candlelit cake was brought out onstage.

Without Holland Dozier Holland there is no Motown!


The Supremes -You keep me hanging on
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