Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Nick Ashford 1942-2011

Though many fans may not know the name Nick Ashford, they certainly know his music. With his wife and partner, Valerie Simpson, Ashford co-wrote popular songs for Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross.

Ashford died at the age of 70 Monday in a New York hospital after battling throat cancer.

Some of the duo's biggest hits include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "You're All I Need to Get By," "I Don't Need No Doctor" and "I'm Every Woman."

Ashford & Simpson were also a successful recording duo in their own right. They are most famous for the 1984 hit "Solid (As a Rock)."

Ashford and Simpson were married for 38 years and have two daughters.

Popular music would not have been the same without the talent and influence of Nick Ashford.

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