Lamont Dozier, part of the acclaimed songwriting trio behind hits from artists including the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Isley Brothers and many more, has died in the US state of Arizona at the age of 81.

The artist's son Lamont Dozier Jr posted on Instagram about his father's death, writing "Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!" He did not provide details as to the cause of death.

Born in Detroit on 16 June, 1941, Dozier found his golden ticket to success in teaming up with the songwriting brothers Brian and Eddie Holland.

Together, the writers became the stuff of Motown legend, penning and arranging hits including Where Did Our Love Go and Stop! In the Name of Love from the Supremes, along with the Four Tops' I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).

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For years, Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote dozens of singles that jumped onto the top songs chart. Among their many other hits were Heat Wave (Martha and the Vandellas), Baby I Need Your Loving (The Four Tops), Baby Love (The Supremes), Come See About Me (The Supremes), How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (Marvin Gaye), It's the Same Old Song (The Four Tops), This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) (The Isley Brothers), My World Is Empty Without You (The Supremes), You Keep Me Hangin' On (The Supremes) and Band of Gold (Freda Payne).

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"It was as if we were playing the lottery and winning every time," Dozier wrote in his 2019 autobiography How Sweet It Is.

The prolific songwriter left the trio in 1973 to focus on a solo career, at one point working with Phil Collins on the hit Two Hearts for the 1988 film Buster. The song won both a Grammy and a Golden Globe.

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Holland-Dozier-Holland were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, having already been inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame two years prior.

Dozier also worked with Kanye West, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and the Black Eyed Peas. His music has been re-recorded in cover versions by the Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and many others.

"Respected as one of the most humble musical geniuses to achieve the level of success he did, Lamont Dozier was iconic," his obituary released by his family said.

Source: AFP, Reuters