I’m presently reading ‘Come and get these memories’ a book by the famous Motown song writers Brian & Eddie Holland of the Holland Dozier Holland partnership.
One of the interesting things about this excellent book is that they explain the origins of some famous songs. This Martha Reeves & The Vandellas’ track struck me in particular:-
Nowhere to run – written to mark the sending to Vietnam of a 19-year-old friend of Lamont’s who’d been drafted and was terrified. The poor chap was later killed when he stood on a landmine…..
And here’s a YouTube link to the song……
In August 2015 I posted about seeing Lamont Dozier live on stage at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre. Here’s a link back to that posting:-
As the middle part of the world famous soul music writing trio of Holland – Dozier – Holland he penned so many hits for Motown that it would take far too long to write them all down. However, I actually got into Lamont as a solo artist via what I think was his 2nd LP/album cut in 1974 entitled Black Bach.
I’ve always looked upon this album as one of the very few I like where every song and tune is worth listening to. So many artists released albums where there were only a couple of good tracks but for me this one ranks along with Gato Babieri’s Caliente and Isaac Hayes To Be Continued as being all good or better all the way through. Oddly whilst some Dozier fans think his later solo work was better I only took to individual songs.
I recently stumbled across this You Tube link to the Epstein Theatre performance of The Record Producers Live back in 2015:-
and here’s a link to another You Tube event when Dozier was named a Fellow of the Center for Popular Music at MTSU
And my favourite Lamont Dozier Track? All cried out and here’s a link to it:-
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Last night, with old chum Keith, I went to an event at the former Neptune Theatre in Liverpool which has been renamed the Epstein.
The event was organised as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival around that great American songwriter/producer Lamont Dozier who was one third of the Holland – Dozier – Holland team which wrote so many Motown hits.
It took the form of a live edition of the Radio 2 programme The Record Producers with Steve Levine , Richard Allinson. The unique event consisted of an in depth analysis and discussion of rare archive and original session tracks of some of Holland-Dozier-Hollands’ classic recordings, including Diana Ross, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers. Lamont Dozier talked about his songwriting and production career followed by a Q&A.
I really enjoyed it although I would rather have heard a little more of Lamont and his music and little less analysis of the way that Motown records were put together/recorded.
No photo’s were allow in the auditorium which I thought was rather unnecessary especially as this small theatre has a quite striking interior. I did manage a shot though of the unusually shaped staircase of the Epstein:-
This photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
In my view his best piece of work, as a solo artist, was the album Black Bach which is rare in that it does not have a duff track on it.