R.i.P Ashford of Ashford & Simpson

“Solid (As A Rock)”

“I’m Every Woman”

(CNN) — Nickolas Ashford, one-half of the successful Motown singer-songwriter duo of “Ashford and Simpson,” died Monday afternoon, his longtime former publicist said…

Ashford had been battling and was being treated for throat cancer…

His wife and children were at his bedside when he died…

He was 69, reported imdb.com and numerous other sources.

Ashford and Simpson met in 1964 in New York City. Within two years, as songwriters with Scepter Songwriters, they scored their first hit with Ray Charles’ “Let’s Go Get Stoned.”
The couple then joined Motown Records, where they wrote a host of popular songs for the likes of Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” Later in their careers, their songwriting credits included Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman.”
In the ’70s, Ashford and Simpson went from songwriters to performers, releasing nine albums for Motown, Warner Brothers Records (like CNN, a division of Time Warner) and Capitol Records between 1973 and 1984. Their biggest hit during that time was the song “Solid (As a Rock).”

The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Ashford and his wife in 2002, calling them “one of the most prolific and versatile musical couples in recording history.”

Source: CNN.com/”Singer-songwriter Nickolas Ashford dies after battling throat cancer” <–Click to read full article! (Mon; August 22nd, 2011)

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