Today is a sad day for music.
Nick Ashford, one half of Motown songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson, died today in a New York City hospital at a young 70 years old. He was recently diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent radiation treatments. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
With wife Valerie Simpson, they wrote a handful of Motown’s classic hits, mainly for singing duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terell (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Your Precious Love,” “Ain’t Nothin Like the Real Thing,” “You’re All I Need to Get By”). They were inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame back in 2002.
Rest in peace.