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.