Brian Holland

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This article is about the American songwriter and record producer. For the Bryan Holland who is best known as the lead singer/guitarist of the American band The Offspring, see Dexter Holland.

Brian Holland (born February 15, 1941) is an American songwriter and record producer, best known as a member of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the songwriting and production team that was responsible for much of the Motown sound and numerous hit records by artists such as Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Isley Brothers. Holland, along with Lamont Dozier, served as the team's musical arranger and producer. He has written or co-written 145 hits in US and 78 in the UK.

Holland was born in Detroit, Michigan. For a short time, he partnered Robert Bateman, and together they were known as "Brianbert", collaborating on such hits as "Please Mr. Postman" for the The Marvelettes.

Holland has also had an on-and-off career as a performer. He released a solo single in 1958 under the name of "Briant Holland". He and longtime friend and future songwriting partner Freddie Gorman were in a short-lived group called The Fidalatones, and was later (1960–62) a member of Motown recording act The Satintones as well as being a member of The Rayber Voices, a quartet that backed up several early Motown recording acts. He partnered with Lamont Dozier under the name "Holland-Dozier", releasing a lone single for Motown in 1963, then was inactive for a number of years, and was then revived in the early and mid-1970s, scoring a number of medium-sized R&B hits. Holland resumed his solo recording career in 1974, hitting the charts as a solo artist in '74 and '75.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Invictus Unconquered: The Best of Invictus Records, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Heaven Must Have Sent You: The Holland / Dozier / Holland Story Compilation Various Artists 1
2010 Motor City Soul - 70s Soul From Detroit Compilation Various Artists 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 America's Musical Landscape, Sixth Edition Compilation Various Artists 1

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