Staying here for now

Eddie Holland’s younger brother is Brian Holland, and the guy in the middle of the collective is Lamont Dozier. As Holland-Dozier-Holland, they produced all manner of hits for Motown, and more for themselves after leaving. Everybody knows this. Not everybody, but a decent number of folks, know that Eddie Holland was the primary wordsmith of H-D-H, and that he had had a small-scale singing career, though he chose not to pursue it: stage fright, apparently.

That said, Eddie Holland came up with some dandy 45s, though his biggest hit sounds like Jackie Wilson — I mean, exactly like Jackie Wilson — and was written, not by Holland, but by Barrett Strong and Mickey Stevenson.

“Jamie” made it to #30 in Billboard, Holland’s only trip to the Top 40. What would happen if Eddie Holland had the full H-D-H machinery behind him? This:

Died at #76 in 1963. But “Leaving Here” was never, ever forgotten. Ask Lemmy:

For that matter, ask The Who:

Or head a few miles west of Detroit to Ann Arbor, home of the Rationals:

The Rationals had one chart item, but this wasn’t it; their cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” slid up to #92 for one week. They’re still playing it, too.

The amazing thing, of course, is that guys never, ever take Eddie’s advice, which is why all these fine girls are moving away.

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2 comments »

  1. Roger O Green »

    14 December 2016 · 1:38 pm

    OBVIOUSLY linkable, though probably not until EOM.

  2. John Salmon »

    14 December 2016 · 3:19 pm

    Cool to see that blue and white Motown record label…lots o’ childhood memories.

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