Holland Dozier Holland biography



The greatest secret behind Motown’s success?

At the Motown hit factory, you’d find a house band, artists, engineers, and perhaps the biggest secret behind Motown’s success – The songwriters working for the label!

In the 60s, the main team was Lamont Dozier and brothers Eddie and Brian Holland.

From 1962 to 1967, Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote and produced all Motown songs. Following the immense success during these years, H-D-H sued Motown which left them writing under pseudonyms. Dozier later said in 2008:

“The lawsuit was just our way of taking care of business that needed to be taken care of – just like Berry Gordy had to take care of his business which resulted in the lawsuit. Business is business, love is love.”

This would turn into one of the longest-running lawsuits, starting in 1967, it ended in 1977. In the subsequent decades, H-D-H has been inducted into most Hall Of Fames.

During their glory years, they wrote an immense amount of hits, including Baby Love, Band Of Gold, Can I Get A Witness, Heat Wave, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch), Jimmy Mack, Nowhere To Run, Reach Out (I’ll be There), Stop! In The Name Of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, and You Keep Me Hanging On.

Also worth considering is how much the team must have influenced all other artists around Motown’s headquarters during those days.

Perhaps it is impossible to estimate how important Holland-Dozier-Holland has been to the modern pop song.


Baby Love – Chords

C | C7/Bb | A7 | Dm |
Baby love, my baby love, I need you, oh how I need you.
Dm | C | F | C |
But all you do is treat me bad, break my heart and leave me sad.

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Band Of Gold – Chords

G | G | D/F# |
Now that you’re gone, all that’s left is a band of gold.
D | C | C | 
All that’s left of the dreams I hold, is a band of gold.

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Can I Get A Witness – Chords

Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
Ah listen, everybody, especially you girls,
Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home?

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Can I Get A Witness – Lyrics + Live performance

Ah listen everybody (everybody), especially you girls (especially you girls),
is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home.
I love too hard, my friends sometimes say,
but I believe, I believe, that a woman should be loved that way.

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Jimmy Mack – Chords

Ebm | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb |
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.
Ebm7 | Gbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 | Gb Ab |
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.

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Jimmy Mack – Lyrics + Original recording

Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.
Jimmy Mack, Jimmy. Oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you comin’ back.
My arms are missing you, my lips feel the same way too.
I tried so hard to be true, like I promised I’d do.

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You Can’t Hurry Love – Chords

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
I need love, love, to ease my mind.
Dm Gm7 | Gm7 | Eb F | F |
I need to find, find, someone to call mine, but mama said.

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You Can’t Hurry Love – Lyrics + Live performance

I need love, love, to ease my mind.
I need to find, find, someone to call mine, but mama said.
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait,
she said love don’t come easy, it’s a game of give and take.

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