The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored songwriters and producers Holland, Dozier and Holland with the 2,543rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday.
The star in the category of “recording” was dedicated near the Live Nation Building at 7070 Hollywood Blvd.
Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland wrote and produced many songs that are closely identified with Motown, including such classics as “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” (the Supremes); “Heat Wave” and “Jimmy Mack” (Martha and the Vandellas); “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and “Baby I Need Your Loving” (the Four Tops); and “Can I Get a Witness” and “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You” (Marvin Gaye).
Holland, Dozier and Holland were all born in Detroit. Their relationship with Motown founder Berry Gordy dates back to 1958, before he started the Motown Company.
The musicians began their collaboration in 1962, with the single “Dearest One”, released under Dozier’s name on the Mel-O-Dy label, a Motown subsidiary.
The trio was responsible for record-breaking success with the Supremes. In June 1964, “Where Did Our Love Go” became the first of six consecutive No. 1 singles for the Supremes and Holland, Dozier and Holland.
The trio left Motown in 1968 to found their own Invictus/Hot Wax label, which they wrote for until it closed in 1973.
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