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Nick Ashford Dead

August 23, 2011 by Post Team 

Nick Ashford DeadNick Ashford Dead, Nick Ashford, half of the veteran songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, died Monday at age 70.

The singer and composer, who along with his partner and wife of 38 years, Valerie Simspon wrote classic R & B songs, many of the fabulous era of Motown, like “Is not No Mountain High Enough”, made famous by Diana Ross and “I need you (To get in)” sung by Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell.

In addition to writing dozens of soul hits from the likes of Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, Ashford & Simpson were a duo out in its own right, finding the most success with its enduring “solid as a rock.”

The couple married 38 years ago, working for all of them, and as Verdine White, the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire said: “That was what was special about them.”

Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson with were responsible for writing songs that will sell millions of records of some of the most successful artists in R & B over the years, as Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Teddy Pendergrass.

Nick Ashford died in a hospital in New York City on Monday, according to his publicist, where he had been battling throat cancer. He was 70 years old.

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