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Nick Ashford – RIP

August 23, 2011 | Commentary

It is with saddest to hear of the death of Nick Ashford, the Ashford of the Ashford and Simpson song writing team.

Nick Ashford has pass away after a battling throat cancer. He was 70.

The songwriting team of Ashford and Simpson are Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. They meet in 1963 and recorded as a duo before writing songs together. In 1966 shortly before joining Motown Records they had their first chart song, “Let’s Go Get Stoned” by Ray Charles.

It was at Motown that many of their most known songs were recorded, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and many others.

In 1974 the two were married and shortly afterwards recorded a string of hits, although their most popular “Solid” wasn’t recorded until 1984.

They are one of the biggest composers of the soundtrack of the 1970s and their songs will be long remembered.

Thank You Nick Ashford and my you rest in peace.

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