Eddie Holland – “Jamie,” Pop #30, R&B #6
Like Barrett Strong, who co-wrote this song, Eddie Holland was more comfortable composing than performing. He only had two hits in front of the mic, but teamed with Lamont Dozier and brother Brian Holland to pen a staggering 25 No. 1 pop hits in six years. You could call Holland-Dozier-Holland the Neptunes of their time, but the reverse is probably more accurate.
“Jamie” was a big enough hit that Motown built an self-titled album around it and dropped it in stores in late 1962. The album didn’t sell well, but Holland continued to turn out singles for the next couple years. None of them replicated enough of “Jamie”‘s chart success to warrant release of a second album. Today, all of Holland’s Motown solo material has been rounded up on the “Complete Eddie Holland” import collection. — by Joel Francis