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Honored with SHOF’s highest accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, in 2009


As part of the Holland/Dozier/Holland (HDH) production and songwriting axis, Eddie Holland helped pioneer the classic Motown sound of the 1960s. His songs, including “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “Come See About Me” became hit recordings for the Supremes, the Four Tops and Martha & the Vandellas.

Eddie was born in Detroit, MI on October 30, 1939. In 1958, he met Berry Gordy, founder of Motwon Records and Eddie subsequently dropped out of college to work for him. Holland had one of Motown's first hits "Jamie" in 1962. By the next year, Eddie had teamed up with his younger brother Brian and Lamont Dozier. The team made their debut with the hit song "Locking Up My Heart”, performed by the Marvelletes.

With HDH, Motown grew to become a hit machine virtually unparalleled in its productivity and consistency. Marvin Gaye recorded several early hits from the HDH catalog, including "Can I Get a Witness?," "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" and "Little Darling" while Martha and the Vandellas recorded "Heat Wave," "Nowhere to Run" and "Jimmy Mack." However, the trio found their greatest successes with the Supremes’ recordings of "Where Did Our Love Go?," "Baby Love," "Come See About Me," "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again."

By the middle of the decade, the HDH "symphonic soul" sound was setting the pace for pop music everywhere. The Four Tops recorded "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself," "(It's The) Same Old Song" and the chart-topping perennial "Reach…

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Discography Highlights

AIN’T TO PROUD TO BEG John Thornton, Norman Whitfield, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Eddie Holland
Stone Agate Music

STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Eddie Holland
Stone Agate Music

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