Brian Holland

As part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland production and songwriting axis, Brian Holland helped pioneer the classic Motown sound of the 1960s, scoring hit after hit at the helm of artists including the Supremes, the Four Tops, and Martha & the Vandellas. Born in Detroit on February 15, 1941, he first attracted attention as the lead vocalist of the Satintones before signing on to play piano behind Barrett Strong in 1960. Strong opened the door for Holland to join Motown a year later, where he immediately co-wrote and produced the Marvelettes' classic "Please Mr. Postman," the fledgling label's most successful record to date. By 1962, he was partnered with producers and songwriters Lamont Dozier and Freddie Gorman; within a year Gorman had been replaced by Holland's older brother Eddie, and the team made its debut with the Marvelettes' "Locking Up My Heart."

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