‘He had the soul of music in him’

Detroit native Lamont Dozier, part of Motown’s mighty Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting-production team, died Monday at 81.

Friends and collaborators reacted Tuesday to his passing, including Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy and Eddie Holland, who worked with Dozier and Brian Holland to create hits aplenty for the Supremes, Four Tops, the Isley Brothers and others.

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Here’s what they had to say:

Eddie Holland:

Lamont was extremely sensitive. He was introverted. A nice guy, extremely charming. But he was always in a quiet mood.

I can say this: He had a lot of energy for work. He was always at his piano, still producing work. He was most active when he was at his piano. I don’t care what his situation was — depressed, brokenhearted, happy — he was at that piano. And he was happier when he was there. It did something to his mind that was very, very strong. He had the music in him; he had the soul of music in him.

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