Lamont Dozier , who along with his songwriting and producing partners Brian and Eddie Holland was a pioneer and driving force of Detroit’s beloved “ Motown Sound” of the 1960s and ’70s, died Monday in Arizona. He was 81. His death was announced on Instagram today by his son Lamont Dozier Jr. No cause or additional details were given, with Lamont Jr. writing only, “Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!” The famous Holland-Dozier-Holland team was the force behind such iconic Motown hits as “Heatwave” by Martha and The Vandellas; numerous hits by The Supremes , including chart-toppers “Where Did Our Love Go” and “Baby Love”; and scores of songs by The Four Tops (“Baby, I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself [Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch]”), The Isley Brothers (“This Old Heart of Mine”) and Marvin Gaye (“Can I Get A Witness?”). While Dozier and Brian Holland tended to focus on musical arrangement and production, Eddie Holland chiefly handled lyrics. After Motown, Dozier founded and … [Read more...] about Lamont Dozier Dies: Hit-Making Motown Mastermind Was 81
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Lamont Dozier, the Motown songwriter and producer who helped craft hits for artists such as the Supremes, the Four Tops, and the Isley Brothers, has died. He was 81. The news was confirmed by his son, Lamont Dozier Jr., who wrote on Instagram , “Rest in Heavenly Peace, Dad!” A cause of death has not yet been announced. Dozier was born in Detroit on June 16, 1941 and launched his career in music as a singer, performing with various local doo-wop groups like the Romeos and the Voicemasters. In 1962, he signed to the Berry Gordy’s fledgling Motown records as an artist, producer, and songwriter, and quickly found himself working with brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. The trio — which came to be known as Holland-Dozier-Holland, or just H-D-H — turned out a few deep cuts during their year together, but generation-defining success came soon enough. In 1963, Holland-Dozier-Holland scored their first Top 10 hits with Martha and the Vandellas’ “Heat Wave” and “Quicksand,” as well as … [Read more...] about Lamont Dozier, Motown Songwriter Behind Countless Classics, Dead at 81
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey are boarding the podcasting bus. The duo are moving into the audio medium with an investigative audio series about the Synanon cult. The Sunshine Place tells the story of the former California-based experimental drug rehab facility and community that morphed into a dangerous and violent cult, led by its messianic founder Charles E. Diedrich. The series comes from Team Downey and Wink Pictures for Audacy-owned Cadence13. The Sunshine Place will tell the story of Synanon from the inside out, and by the people who lived it, charting its rise and exploring its decade-long reign over 1960s and ‘70s counterculture through the recollections of members, survivors and dedicated chroniclers. The series will be narrated by Sari Crawford, daughter of a former Synanon leader Bill Crawford. The eight-part series will launch August 10. Listen to a trailer below. Synanon was called “the miracle on the beach” in Santa Monica, CA … [Read more...] about Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey Move Into Podcasting With Cult Series ‘The Sunshine Place’ For Cadence13
EXCLUSIVE: IDW Entertainment has 5 series in development with Ánima Studios, Cartoon Network Studios, HBO Max, Universal Content Productions (UCP), Universal International Studios, and Warner Bros. Television. The projects are based on IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Productions (an imprint of IDW) graphic novels and comics. The TV projects are as follows: Dark Spaces: Wildfire (UCP), is a thriller series written by Scott Snyder ( Batman, American Vampire ) with art by Hayden Sherman ( The Few , Wasted Space ). It follows a group of female inmate firefighters deep into the smoldering California hills, where their desperate heist of a burning mansion will lead them to the score of a lifetime…or a deadly trap. The Delicacy (WBTV) is a graphic novel from James Albon ( A Shining Beacon ), about rare and delicious fungi that spell trouble for an ambitious restaurateur. Tulip and his brother Rowan have left the simple comforts of their remote Scottish island … [Read more...] about IDW Sets Five Series In Development Based On Graphic Novels & Comics
The 47th Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday selected the Mary Harron-directed Dalíland as its closing-night movie. The pic stars Ben Kingsley as the older Salvador Dalí and Ezra Miller as the younger Dalí. However, the TIFF press release left Miller’s name off the cast credits. It’s been public knowledge that Miller is in the film. The Flash star this week was charged with felony burglary in Vermont in addition to several other run-ins with the law this year. Deadline learned this morning that Miller has not been cut out of Dalíland . In a 2021 Cannes Market interview with Deadline , Harron told us: “We started looking at Dalí in the 1970s, the older Dalí, with flashbacks to the younger Dalí, which are rendered like an old movie. That format really excited me. Ezra had like three days between finishing Fantastic Beasts and starting The Flash, and insisted on coming and doing our film. The story is all played out through this kind of Nick Carraway figure … [Read more...] about Toronto Film Festival Closing-Night Film Is ‘Dalíland’: Where Is Ezra Miller?
Singer Arjun Kanungo who has crooned popular songs like 'Aaya Na Tu', 'Baaki Baatein Peene Baad', 'Tu Na Mera', 'La La La', etc., is all set to tie the knot with his girlfriend Carla Dennis. Arjun and Carla, who have been dating for the past 7 years, will get married this week. The wedding will take place on 10th August and the couple will then be hosting a wedding party on 11th August at Karan Johar's all-new joint in South Mumbai, Neuma! Sources close to the couple have confirmed that the party will take place at Neuma and we have also got our hands on the invitation card. Take a look below: That's not all, what's even more exciting is the guest list of the party as it comprises of many B-Town celebs such as Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Pragya Jaiswal, Maheep Kapoor, King, Sonal Chauhan, Bhavna Pandey and Seema Khan among others. The theme of the party is said to be 'evening chic' and going by the invite and the venue, it's … [Read more...] about Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor & Other B-Town Celebs To Attend Arjun Kanungo’s Wedding Party
Power Star Pawan Kalyan is one proud father now. The actor recently got together with his ex-wife Renu Desai and children Akira Nandan and Aadhya. The happy father and the kids were looking all smiles on the occasion of Akira's High School graduation ceremony. Taking to her instagram handle, producer and director Renu Desai shared the news with a picture. She even penned an emotional note for her son on the joyous occasion. A picture of the four has been doing the rounds on the internet ever since. She wrote, "An era ends, and an era begins. Proud parents of an amazing boy on his graduation day. No more getting ready for school early morning, no more worrying about the bus timing, no more rushing to get the lunch packed on time, no more tuition, no more PTM, no more school. I have told Akira that his true journey begins now, and I hope he finds his own spot in the sunlight without needing the light of his parents. My little baby grew up really fast." … [Read more...] about Pawan Kalyan Attends Son Akira’s Graduation Ceremony, Picture Goes Viral!
Over a six-year stretch at Motown Records, Eddie Holland, Lamont The only songwriters with more modern-era hits to their names Do you remember the first song you wrote where you felt Brian Holland: The first song that the three of Lamont Dozier: For me, it was when “Where Did Brian: I remember that. Lamont: By this time we’d had “Baby Love” and Eddie Holland: I can remember when they had the Motown Records Where did some of your bigger songs begin? Lamont: “Stop in the Name of Love” resulted What were your biggest fights about? Eddie: I would slave really hard on the lyrics, Brian: I remember one in particular was “Can’t Do you remember those lyrics? Eddie: No. Brian: [ Singing ] Sometimes getting a Lamont: [ Singing ] Getting a little Eddie: Man, I love that part. How did you Lamont: When the Four Tops did that, they did What inspired that song? Lamont: “Sugar pie honey bunch” … [Read more...] about Motown Hitmakers Honored
After a decades-long, historic run as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Serena Williams is officially walking off the court for the last time. In a new essay penned for Vogue , the athlete announced her decision to begin “evolving” out of tennis – she thinks retirement is too heavy of a term – to focus on expanding her family and business ventures. “There is no happiness in this topic for me,” she wrote. “I know it’s not the usual thing to say, but I feel a great deal of pain. It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I hate it. I hate that I have to be at this crossroads. I keep saying to myself, I wish it could be easy for me, but it’s not. I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.” Williams revealed that she had mulled over the decision to step away from the sport for a while. But it was her daughter, Olympia, dropping not-so-subtle hints that she wants a baby sister that helped seal the deal. Because if … [Read more...] about Serena Williams Retiring From Tennis After U.S. Open: ‘It’s the Hardest Thing That I Could Ever Imagine’
Power of the Dog director Jane Campion garnered the full spectrum of internet love and hate over the weekend, first with her necessary quip about Sam Elliott, and then with an unnecessary quip about Venus and Serena Williams . On Saturday, March 12, Campion was on the red carpet for the Directors Guild of America Awards, when she was asked about some disparaging comments Elliott made about her film on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Elliott — who’s acted in his fair share of Westerns — criticized the film for its “allusions to homosexuality,” complained about the costumes, and wondered, “Where’s the Western in this Western?” In response, Campion said Elliott was “being a little bit of a B-I-T-C-H,” spelling out the word for added effect. “He’s not a cowboy, he’s an actor,” she added. “The West is a mythic space and there’s a lot of room on the range. I think it’s a little bit sexist.” Alas, the good energy Campion garnered Saturday went out the window Sunday as she … [Read more...] about Jane Campion Apologizes to Venus and Serena Williams: ‘I Made a Thoughtless Comment’